Farewell from Donald McCombie, Lifelong Learning Coordinator

Sadly, I have to say farewell as the Branch Lifelong Learning Coordinator. The Tory Government has ended the Union Learning Fund (ULF). The ULF was created in 1998 by the then Labour Government and has provided workplace learning to thousands of workers on hundreds of subjects. This is a blatantly political attack on union learning […]

The Latest on Schools

On Monday 19th April the majority of schools across the country welcomed students back to school after the Easter break. This is what the Government Education in the Media blog has to say on schools returning:  While there have been a lot of changes and challenges over the past year, we remain committed to ensuring […]

Branch Equality Survey Results

Recently the Branch completed an equality survey, where members were asked a series of questions themed around disabilities, health conditions, home working, flexible working and a return to work. We now have the results of this. We had a total of 369 responses from members, some partially filled in and some completed the whole survey. […]

Grief and Bereavement Training

National UNISON have arranged for Grief and Bereavement training for UNISON members. The sessions will be delivered by Cruse, the UK’s largest bereavement charity. The dates of these sessions are: Wednesday 17th February 2021 at 10:15am Monday 1st March 2021 at 14:15 pm Friday 19th March 2021 at 10:15am Thursday 1st April 2021 at 14:15pm […]

Retired Members Health Survey Results

Birmingham UNISON Retired Members Section set up a survey to see if anecdotal evidence that older members of the community are getting a reduced health service because of the pandemic is backed by clear evidence. The survey is a response to the growing number of our members (who are in the 60 plus age group) […]

Members Meeting – Covid-19 Vaccine

As the vaccination programme for Covid-19 continues, there finally seems to be a light at the end of a long and difficult tunnel. Estimates suggest that three quarters of us will need to be vaccinated to reach population immunity. How many people will agree to be vaccinated? Are some groups more likely to agree than […]

Branch Officer Election Results

The Branch Officer elections have taken place, with the majority of posts elected unopposed. The period of office runs from 1st April 2021 to 31st March 2022. Congratulations to all those that have been elected. The Self Organised Group Officers are elected at their respective AGM’s – so these posts will be announced at a […]

HeartUnions Week

TUC Midlands events for HeartUnions Week HeartUnions week will take place from 8th-14th February 2021. The TUC will be running webinars and workshops for activists throughout the week, showcasing the brilliant work of unions in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic and looking to equip activists with tools to assist them in campaigning work. To register […]

Covid-19 Staff Guidance (BCC)

The Covid-19 staff guidance for Birmingham City Council employees has been updated and staff need to be aware how this might impact on them, their staff and/or service area. Where an employee confirms that they have a COVID-related sickness absence or are in self-isolation, it is the line manager’s responsibility to ensure that the HR/Payroll […]

Schools/Early Years Update – Coronavirus

Section 44 Update This is the latest advice from National Schools Sector following their meeting on Thursday 7th January. The use of section 44 is once again a backstop – we used it on a blanket basis because of the situation faced. Now we are encouraging branches to seek to negotiate with employers and use […]