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money housing and more
Tue, 29 November 2016
A Hazardous report
Tue, 02 August 2016

Chief exec pay off was £500,000
Tue, 13 Jun 2017

The Birmingahm Post reports that ex-Council cheif Mark Rogers was paid more than handsomely for his departure. To the tune of half a million pounds! Is that's OK ,  in these times of cut backs t...

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Councils warned to plan for increase in pay bill
Tue, 16 May 2017

from the Local Government Chronicle: https://www.lgcplus.com/7017710.article Councils have been warned they need to plan for an increase in their pay bill of up to 6% over the next few years as a res...

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Chief Exec goes - all of a sudden
Tue, 28 Feb 2017

 BCC chief exec Mark Rogers has suddenly it appears quit the Council. The circumstances and reasons for him going are only open to guess work as the BCC leader and co won't say anything about it,...

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A BCC own goal but your Pension may be safe
Tue, 06 Dec 2016

So the latest news from the Birmingham Mail suggets that BCC has put up the Green Bin collection fee. The Tory Councillors objected but lost the vote. Will the hike in prices result in lost votes? Is...

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money housing and more
Tue, 29 Nov 2016

It's looking all rather grim for BCC finances. There was no news in the recent Autumn Statement about more money for local government. The presumed future is that the Council tries to do more deals wi...

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Shock at No Future Council costs
Tue, 09 Aug 2016

Unison Birmingham has learnt that the cost of The Future Council programme is in the millions! The intial cost of the programme is £4million and an additional £1m  a year till 2020. ...

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A Hazardous report
Tue, 02 Aug 2016

 Unison Rep Stephen Booth reports about the Hazards , Heath & Safety Meeting he recently attended for his own development. Overall I found the weekend very useful, although there did seem to...

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The WMCA is labelled undemocratic
Tue, 05 Jul 2016

The EU might be portrayed as un-democratic by its opponents but it isn't the only " un democratic" body in the news.  A new report lays doubt on just how democratic the new fangled WMCA (West Mi...

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Left Leave is the unheard voice of many
Tue, 21 Jun 2016

If you are a Remainer then you are following the guidance that national UNISON has published. But what if you feel you want to leave the EU but feel guilty about it because you think that's only for ...

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After Dispatches -the blame game starts with Brigid Jones
Tue, 31 May 2016

The fall out from Channel 4's documentary about Birmingham's Social Services continues. The Tories in Brum tried to make political points out of the programme in calling for trhe resignation of Counci...

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Venezuela Economic Collapse Reasons and Origins
Wed, 18 May 2016

The corporate media would have you believe that Venezuela is a dictatorship on the verge of political and economic collapse; a country where human rights crusaders and anti-government, democracy-seeki...

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Clancy's Cabinet Changes
Tue, 17 May 2016

So a new broom approach seems to be going on rewarding political allies and getting rid of political foes. Just like in Westminster. See www.birminghamunison.co.uk/news-archive/-clancy--changes-...

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TIPP deal to provide the UK with few or no benefits
Tue, 03 May 2016

Teh controversial TIPP agreement for transatlantic trade between the USA and the EU has been denounced by an LSE Report on behalf on the Government.   Campaign group 38 degrees summarised the T...

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MP's agree to repay £15,000 in Perry Barr Academy dontations
Tue, 12 Apr 2016

"Three Birmingham Labour MPs have agreed to pay back £15,000 in campaign donations they received from the Perry Beeches academy schools at the centre of financial mismanagement allegations. Jac...

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Academies a good idea take a look at this then
Tue, 22 Mar 2016

As the Tories put their intention to undeocratically force Academy status onto every school. This story reminds us that their not the shining example they are cracked up to be.  The BBC repo...

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Sitting Not So Pretty unhealthy work conditions
Tue, 15 Mar 2016

Accoring to a new report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) , they are concerned about poor posture and long periods of sitting at work. The report  says that the average number of hours w...

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Council's find outsourcing more expensive
Tue, 08 Mar 2016

Across England, many local authorities have outsourced billions of pounds worth of services to private companies in a bid to save money and improve efficiency. But some of the earliest councils to do ...

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Visitors to Libraries in Birmingham up and down
Tue, 23 Feb 2016

Some staff have guessed for a while now that visitors to the Library Of Birmingham have dropped but there are now figures to confirm it.  An article in the Birmingham Post confirms what some sta...

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Library of Birmingham blame game starts again
Tue, 23 Feb 2016

It looks as if the members of the wound up Library of Birmingham Trust are trying to blame the Council cuts for their inability to attract funds.  Tory Councillor Randall Brew said once the cuts...

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Council Tax hikes to pay for care services
Tue, 23 Feb 2016

    Nine out of ten councils are using new powers to impose council tax hikes of up to 4% this year. This could be to raise funds to combat the crisis in care services for the elderly and ...

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300 million pounds for Tory shires whilst Brum gets nothing
Tue, 16 Feb 2016

Latest cuts news : Guess what, Cameron and Osborne have found £300 million down the back of the sofa to help fund threatened services  - in Surrey, Oxford, Hampshire etc !   http://w...

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Where to now?- opinion on the Library Of Birmingham
Tue, 16 Feb 2016

With the winding up of the controversial self appointed Library of Birmingham Trust, the focus of the Post is back on what to do now. The Trust was  supposedly a body set up to engage p...

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Pay Cap brings wages to lowest level in 25 years
Tue, 09 Feb 2016

  Public sector pay cap brings wages to lowest level in 25 years  (article from Public Sector Executive 08.02.16) The government’s intention to give most public sector workers a 1% ...

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Unison International Update February 2016
Tue, 16 Feb 2016

Here's the latest international newslettter from Unison. Please download the attachment.

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AFZAL QUITS AS BIRMINGHAM LORD MAYOR ELECT
Tue, 09 Feb 2016

As reported in the Chamberlain Files MUHAMMAD AFZAL QUITS AS BIRMINGHAM LORD MAYOR ELECT The political career of veteran city Councillor Muhammad Afzal is in tatters after he decided to withdraw his...

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Council leader Clancy in new cuts warning
Tue, 02 Feb 2016

John Clancy has warned that cuts would still need to be made, depite a fairer funding deal for Birmingham. Despite talks with central Government, he still has to plan for cuts.He has said that he will...

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The growing media campaign against the cuts
Tue, 26 Jan 2016

Thre is now a growing media camapign in Birmingham against any more Government cuts . Both the main Birmingham paper The Birmingham Mail and it's weekly buisness paper The Birmingham Post have come o...

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Report from Library supporters meeting
Tue, 19 Jan 2016

Friends of LoB meeting. Concerned members of the public recently met (18th January 2016) to voice their opinions and launch a campaign to oppose cuts and closures to the Community Library Service It...

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Birminghams cuts are the worst in the country
Tue, 22 Dec 2015

From the Birmingham Mail 17/12/15. Birmingham 's share of the Govenment's grant to local authorities will be less than most. This will lead to more cuts in services. Local MPs and counciillors are at...

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Forget XFactor here is a version you need to hear
Tue, 22 Dec 2015

For those who have heard the X-Factor winner's Christmas single too many times already, here's a really special version. Recorded for the 50th Anniversary of Amnesty International, Pete Seeger worked...

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New council leader shares his views on library future
Tue, 22 Dec 2015

John Clancy , the new Labour Council leader in Birmingham has set out his views on libraries. This includes the much debated Library of Birmingham. From The Birmingham Post 15/12/15: He was speaking...

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Birmingham Council ward proposals will mean less councillors
Tue, 22 Dec 2015

The Local Government Boundary Commission is proposing to reduce the number of councillors in Birmingham. 19 councillors will go and new wards will be created.  Wards which use to have three coun...

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Activist Jane McAlevey's book.
Tue, 22 Dec 2015

 American Trade Union activist   Jane McAlevey     recently visited Birmingham Unison. If you would like a copy of her inspiring book it can be brought from here. http://www...

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Severe cuts threaten public services argues the TUC
Tue, 24 Nov 2015

A new report commissioned from the Fabian Society by the trade union organisation shows how public spending cuts have undermined service quality by reducing provision and increasing waiting times for ...

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The Citizen's UK Assembly
Tue, 03 Nov 2015

 UNISON is one of the most prominent members of Citizens UK  in Birmingham and one of only two trade unions involved.   For those who are unfamiliar with Citizens, it is a community a...

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Tories form their own alternative UNION!!!!
Tue, 06 Oct 2015

Meanwhile in "Bizzaro world" -The Conservatives are setting up a new trade union group to win over ‘moderate’ unionists. As reported on the Local Gov website. Speaking to The House magaz...

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Senior Labour Councillor Resigns
Tue, 06 Oct 2015

James McKay , a senior Birmingham Labour councillor  for Harborne , has resigned from his role in the authority's cabinet - saying he does not think Birmingham can make "the changes it ...

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No More Short Home Care Visits Says NICE
Mon, 05 Oct 2015

  New guidance from government advisors the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) could see a real improvement in the standard of homecare delivered across the UK, but longer ...

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Government Plans To Water Down FOI Legislation
Mon, 05 Oct 2015

  UNISON is one of some 140 organisations warning against plans to weaken the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act in a letter to the prime minister. The letter to David Cameron was signed by gener...

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Accountants Deloitte to draw up £250m Birmingham council cuts package
Mon, 05 Oct 2015

  A highly controversial £250 million savings package at Birmingham city council will be based on work by financial consultants Deloitte rather than elected members, it has been confirmed,...

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Trade Union Bill - "Not fit for purpose"
Tue, 01 Sep 2015

The proposed Trade Union Bill fails the test of a reputable Government body. The Regulatory Policy Committee – an independent government body which verifies the costs and savings of policies&nd...

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Sign the petition against the Trade Union Bill
Tue, 25 Aug 2015

  The Tory govenment is making huge changes to the ability of Trade Unions to operate and the right to strike. The attack on Unions is the biggest since the Thatcher days and will devistate the ...

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Government Threatens Public Health Cuts
Fri, 21 Aug 2015

The Government say they are not cutting health spending but Public Health spending which was transferred to local authorities a couple of years ago will be slashed by £200m nationally (that's &p...

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Birmingham Stops Buying Library Books
Fri, 21 Aug 2015

New acquisitions are the life blood of any library service, especially so for the most significant new library in Europe. It should be drawing continuously from the cutting edge of the publishing worl...

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CAPITA- new concerns over savings
Tue, 28 Jul 2015

 28th July 2015 Surprise, surprise. The promised contribution towards Birmingham City Council's spending cuts from the BCC/Capita IT contract is not being delivered. Meanwhile 800 council jobs a...

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TTIP - Day Of Action-Saturday 22nd August
Tue, 28 Jul 2015

    Politicians in Europe have given the thumbs up to continue hashing out TTIP. [1] That’s the shady trade deal between the EU and the US that puts companies' profits before ordinar...

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Greece - sold out by their government
Tue, 28 Jul 2015

The Greek people have been sold out by the government they elected for their supposedly anti-austerity stance.  See the article in  Global Research   The lesson to learn is that no ...

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Library of Birmingham -cost concerns
Tue, 21 Oct 2014

In a Birmingham Post article :Birmingham Labour Party councillors have rasied concerns about the cost of the Library of Birmingham and it also mentions that there is a shortfall in private donations t...

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Campaign against Library possible privatisation
Tue, 21 Oct 2014

Staff of community libraries will be leafleting outside Sainsbury's in Mere Green on October 22nd to raise public awareness and campaign against the possible privatisation (asset transfer to a third p...

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Annual Branch Officer Elections Nominations Sought
Sun, 19 Oct 2014

Every year, our Branch Officers are subject to election by the membership of the branch. The period of office runs from March 1st 2015 to February 29th 2016. Nominations are due in to the Branch Offi...

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Free Life Long Learning Branch Workshops
Thu, 09 Oct 2014

Charlie Friel, Branch Education Officer, and Donald McCombie, Branch Lifelong Learning Coordinator, are running a series of 2 hour training workshops from 4th November to 3 December 2014. The topics c...

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Talks On Changes To PDR System
Thu, 09 Oct 2014

Corporate HR have had three consultation meetings with city wide union representatives over possible changes to the PDR system, to be introduced from next April 2015. This is the second major review o...

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Council Asked To Cut Strike Pay Costs
Fri, 18 Jul 2014

Deputy Branch Secretary, Caroline Johnson has written to the Councillor Afzal, senior Labout Group member responsible for HR, to request that the council makes a deduction to pay for July 10 strikers ...

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B'ham's Farthest Flung Picket
Fri, 18 Jul 2014

Senior Steward, Paul McCormack broke off from a well earned holiday in Weston Super Mare to go on strike on July 10th, and joined a North Somerset UNISON picket line outside Weston Town Hall. "They r...

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Lowdown on Community Budgets & City Deals
Thu, 23 Jan 2014

Irrespective of the political colour of Government, public service reform continues apace in the UK. UNISON members are caught in a vortex of reconfiguration and transformation of public services. The...

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