Pregnant Workers and Covid-19/Coronavirus

If you are pregnant the government has issued “strong advice” that you should work from home, if possible and to be particularly stringent about ‘social distancing’ during the coronavirus pandemic. Your employer should therefore consider allowing you to work from home. If your job isn’t suitable for home working then your employer should consider whether […]

If you think you or someone you live with has Coronavirus

What should I do if I think I have the symptoms of, or have had, close contact with someone who has had, COVID-19? For the latest information on symptoms, what you should do and how long you should self-isolate, see the “staying at home information” from the NHS. A change to the self-isolation period from […]

Reporting Incidents

Across Birmingham City Council there have been a number of incidents in recent months of aggression from the public. If you have experienced these kinds of incidents it is very important to make sure to fill in incident reports, its not acceptable to feel threatened or attacked in work. We understand some colleagues do not […]

What if I don’t feel my workplace is safe?

We believe that our members should never be in a situation where they might endanger themselves and others in the course of doing their jobs. Putting you in that situation is potentially a breach of health and safety law and may spread coronavirus to people in high-risk groups. As a last resort, when faced with a dangerous […]

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The Branch Disabled Members Officer has produced a reading list of books that have characters with disabilities in them. It is also Disability History Month. This year’s theme is Access- How Far have we come and how far we’ve yet to go. Birmingham Libraries have a variety […]

Training with YGAM

UNISON has arranged three online workshops for members with YGAM (Young Gamblers & Gamers Education Trust) aimed at members working with young people, from primary aged children all the way up to university aged young adults. YGAM are a UK charity and the online training sessions they will be delivering are designed to equip you with the knowledge and […]

New Regional Courses

The Autumn program of courses has been released by the West Midlands region, all of which are free to UNISON members and can be found here. If you are interested in any of the courses simply go to the  website www.learninunisonwm.org.uk and once you have registered you can apply online (if you already have an […]

UNISON Training Courses

See below all UNISON training courses that are currently available  through the West Midlands region. If you have been thinking of becoming a Branch steward, the ONLINE Organising Steward course is being run in both AM and PM sessions. The Health and Safety courses are also being run in AM and PM sessions, to make […]

Virtual Pride is a Protest Event

Members of UNISON’s national and regional LGBT+ groups have really missed the opportunity to be out and about at Pride events this summer. We’ve missed working with all the branches that support us at these events, and talking to everyone – members and prospective members. Given this – and to make sure that the UNISON […]

Why reform of the Gender Recognition Act is essential (Blog)

Jenny Harvey is a member of UNISON’s trans network, part of the West Midlands regional LGBT+ group and a member of UNISON’s health service group executive. Here, she explains why reform of the Gender Recognition Act is long overdue. Just for a little while during lockdown, the cacophony from UK’s anti-trans media quietened. A few […]