SOG’s News

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 […]

Solidarity with the West Midlands WASPI Women

UNISON Birmingham Branch support all West Midlands WASPI groups in their proposal to give 1950’s born women early access to their pensions. This will help the economy, vacate jobs and enable them to spend on the high street. Women Against State Pension Injustice www.waspicampaign2018.co.uk UNISON extends solidarity to Women in pensions appeal hearing Court of […]

School Members – Report for UNISON Black Members and Covid-19 at work

This survey is around UNISON Black Members and Covid-19 at work. As a group that are considered more at risk from Covid-19, this survey was released by UNISON to gather information from our members, this has been filtered for those who consider themselves school staff. It was completed by 808 members in completion, and 11 […]

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 […]

Black Lives Matter at Work Forum

Join the online forum (hosted by West Midlands COVID Action group) to discuss the importance of Black Lives Matter in the workplace during Covid-19. Tuesday 21st July 2020 6pm-7.30pm The conversation will be led off By Rodger McKenzie, Assistant General Secretary for UNISON. Followed by Cllr Sharon Thompson and other union community speakers. Zoom login […]

Unison National Guidance for Disabled Members – Covid-19

COVID 19 – know your rights Guidance for disabled members and those with underlying health conditions. We know that disabled people are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than non-disabled people. The government has acknowledged this and has produced guidance for two groups of workers with underlying health conditions that it calls “clinically vulnerable” and “extremely clinically […]

Disability Rights UK Shielding Survey

Disability Rights UK completed a shielding survey,  which revealed a huge sense of lack of safety and neglect for disabled people during this pandemic. “Eighty-five per cent of people shielding feel unsafe going outside since the relaxing of lockdown rules on 1 June, according to a new survey by DR UK. Only two-fifths of people […]

Regional Black Members Online Meeting

The Regional Black members Self organised group are calling a online meeting to discuss two important and current topics: Covid 19 The death of George Floyd This meeting will be held online via teams. Date: 25th June 2020 Time: 6pm – 8pm Joining Link – https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_NTUwY2I1OTctZjAzYi00MmQ4LTllNTktMDZiNjk1NDk2OTE3%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22d7c21edf-d541-49a4-9f5a-7737832d42c7%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%220c7db06f-7091-4860-a5dc-918827abb97e%22%7d   The agenda: Welcome Speaker – Ravi Subramanian, West Midlands Regional Secretary The […]

What will be the impact of easing lockdown on BAME Communities?

Stand Up To Racism are delighted to announce that MPs Diane Abbott and Bell Ribeiro-Addy will be joining their meeting on 19 May 2020 –What will be the impact of easing lockdown on BAME communities? Streamed live on Facebook & Youtube at 7pm. Since the start of the pandemic, Diane & Bell have been unrelenting […]

BCC Vulnerable Residents Support Helpline

Birmingham City Council has launched an emergency response hub to ensure access to support is available. This is for the most vulnerable citizens in the city who have no assistance from family or friends and need help from voluntary organisations and community groups for support, which may be provided by the council or the voluntary […]