Bring back face coverings to limit school Covid disruption

Education unions issue joint statement Four education unions representing teachers and support staff on Tuesday calling on the government to reinstate face coverings in schools to limit coronavirus spread. With infections on the rise once more, the unions have issued a joint statement demanding a range of safety measures to keep education on track and […]

Online Learning Opportunities

UNISON has lots of forthcoming online learning opportunities for members. These are a great opportunity to consider for your continual professional development. There has been a slight decline in the uptake of training, but there are lots of courses on offer that may be of interest, and the list is updated regularly. All courses with […]

Mental Health Awareness Week - 10th-16th May - Nature

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

This week (10th-16th May) is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK and this years theme is nature.  ‘There is something to be wondered at in all of Nature’ – Aristotle During long months of the pandemic, millions of us turned to nature. Our research on the mental health impacts of the pandemic showed going for walks […]

Joint Letter to Secretary of State for Education On Masks in Schools

A joint letter from UNISON, GMB, Unite, NEU, NASUWT, scientists, public health professionals, other organisations, parents and young people has been sent to Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education regarding reports that the government plans to stop requiring children to wear face coverings in secondary school classrooms from 17th May in England. We […]

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 […]

UNISON campaign urging voters to show support for Public Service Staff

Voters are being reminded that thousands of public sector staff face a government pay freeze in a campaign launched Monday (26th April 2021) by UNISON ahead of the local elections next week. Care home staff, hospital porters and teaching assistants are among key workers featured in a series of hard-hitting films that show them carrying out […]

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 […]

The Importance of Trade Unions for Disabled Workers

We have been going through an unprecedented time, where we have been tested on many levels. Beliefs and values have been tested along with relationships in our lives. One belief that is unwavering though is that disabled people should have fair treatment in society and in work. If the systems we live with in the […]

Easter Bank Holiday

As we approach a bank holiday weekend, those of us at UNISON Birmingham Branch want to wish you a peaceful and positive weekend, if you are working – thank you for keeping services running. To those who celebrate – we wish you a Happy Easter. Working hard and keeping services going for a year of […]

Branch Equality Survey

The Branch is currently conducting an equality survey of members’ experiences during lockdown. The survey is being conducted using survey gismo and runs until Wednesday 31st March. If you have not received this email with a link to the survey please check your junk or trash in case it has gone there. Alternatively, go to […]