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50 Years since the Semi Decrim...
By  Andy Chaffer  on 25/07/2017 15:05. Thursday 27 Jul...
Wed, 26 July 2017
Members Meetings to be held
Birmingham Branch Officers have arranged for Members meetings at Lancaster ...
Tue, 25 July 2017
More Summer Courses
UNISON Birmingham Branch Learning at Work Tuesday 1st August 2017 2.00-4.00 Ge...
Tue, 12 April 2016
In the papers July 2017
This is a new section of the website where stories from the local and national p...
Tue, 17 May 2016
Branch responds to strike
Birmingham Unison secretary Caroline Johnson wrote a response to a misleading re...
Tue, 11 July 2017
Branch At Conference
Members of Birmingham Branch attended the Unison National Conference and Local G...
Tue, 20 June 2017
Unison call for 5 per cent pay...
With inflation running at nearly 3% and a series of only 1% pay rises for years,...
Tue, 20 June 2017
Corbyn gets the popular vote
  Birmingham chose Labour on the whole at the election. Only Sutton Coldfi...
Tue, 13 June 2017

50 Years since the Semi Decriminalisation of Gay Men
Wed, 26 Jul 2017

By  Andy Chaffer  on 25/07/2017 15:05. Thursday 27 July marks the 50th Anniversary of the passing of legislation that semi-decriminalised gay men in England and Wales. T...

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Members Meetings to be held
Tue, 25 Jul 2017

Birmingham Branch Officers have arranged for Members meetings at Lancaster Circus  between 12.30 and 14.00 on the following dates :   Wednesday  2nd August 2017  Room 401 &...

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Branch responds to strike
Tue, 11 Jul 2017

Birmingham Unison secretary Caroline Johnson wrote a response to a misleading report in the Birmingham Mail about the current "binmen" strike . Letter to the Editor  Grenfell Changes Everything...

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Unison call for 5 per cent pay rise for all.
Tue, 20 Jun 2017

With inflation running at nearly 3% and a series of only 1% pay rises for years, Unison and other unions are  calling for a 5% pay rise across the board from the Local Government Association. Th...

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More Summer Courses
Tue, 12 Apr 2016

UNISON Birmingham Branch Learning at Work Tuesday 1st August 2017 2.00-4.00 Get That Job/CV’s/Interview skills Wednesday2nd August 2017 2.00 – 4.00 Personal Stress Management   ...

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Branch At Conference
Tue, 20 Jun 2017

Members of Birmingham Branch attended the Unison National Conference and Local Government Conference in Brighton at the Brighton Centre in June 2017.   They included speakers like Carol Garfiel...

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Corbyn gets the popular vote
Tue, 13 Jun 2017

  Birmingham chose Labour on the whole at the election. Only Sutton Coldfield voted for the Tories. Jeremy Corbyn held a huge rally in the city in the last few days before voting. Brum's Eastsi...

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Birmingham schools in crisis
Tue, 23 May 2017

The crisis in school funding from national government continues. It's not just Birmingham schools, but all over the country that schools are under threat, but figures obtained say that an average cut...

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Labour manifesto backs workers
Tue, 16 May 2017

Labour has launched its' manifesto today ( 16/05/17) and it contains some commitments on workers rights and conditions Some key lines from the manifesto: Zero hours contracts will be banned to gua...

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MP visits us
Tue, 09 May 2017

Today(09/05/17) at a Branch Exexcutive meeting  we were visited by Jack Dromey MP. He represented Labour in the Erdington constuantcy and had done since he won it from the Tories in 2010.  ...

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Corbyn vows to over turn Union law.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017

The General Election was a surprise announcement and over the coming weeks until June 8th you'll be hearing a lot about it! Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has already stated on 24th April at the Scottis...

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Mental Health Awareness Week event
Tue, 25 Apr 2017

           As the news in recent weeks has begun to highlight mental health, Birmingham Unison  put on an event for Mental Health Awareness Week.    it was...

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National message on Article 50
Tue, 04 Apr 2017

National Unison has delivered a message in light of the recent triggering of Article 50 on March 29th. The Article starts the process of Britain leaving the EU which is supposed to last for two years ...

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City Council appoints chief
Tue, 21 Mar 2017

 The Birmingham Mail has reported that Stella Manzie has become the interim Chief Executive replacing Mark Rogers who left under secretive circurmstances . She  was recently sent by Go...

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30 ,000 Stand Up To Racism
Tue, 21 Mar 2017

Up to 30,000 people attended the Stand UP To Racism march held in central London on Saturday March 18th.  A number of Birmingham members attended and the crowd marched from BBC Portand Place &...

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Government Social Work Proposal Defeated
Tue, 14 Mar 2017

 Controversial plans by the Government to allow councils in England to exempt themselves from a raft of statutory duties to children have been dropped. UNISON was at the forefront of opposing th...

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Access To Work
Tue, 14 Mar 2017

The Guidance on Access To Work has been updated on 28th February 2017. These are the things that you may need to know about Access To Work. It includes aid and equipment in your workplace &nbs...

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Teaching assistant's good news!
Tue, 07 Feb 2017

  During Heart Unison week recently we asked for good news stories and we have got one from Schools. Recently , a group of Teaching Assistants (T.A.) in a south Birmingham school has been asked...

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People power saves local library
Tue, 11 Oct 2016

Latest News ( 28/02/17)    The proposed down grading of Glebe Farm library has been stopped by Unison stewards and the local community. There were over one thousand names on the local '...

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members join Brum Trump protests
Tue, 31 Jan 2017

A large crowd gathered on a rainy cold night outside the Council House to protest at the recent declarations by US President Trump that people from seven Muslim majority countries, incluiding Syrian r...

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Welfare Fuel Grants and Tax Credits covered
Tue, 31 Jan 2017

UNison has a newsletter on Welfare for members. Downlaod the newsletter from the bottom of this article. This issue includes the Winter Fuel grant and has advice on Tax Credits .

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UNISON manifesto on Mayor election
Tue, 03 Jan 2017

UNISON West Midlands have released their manifesto ahead of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) mayoral elections. The manifesto consists of twenty asks that cover what UNISON see as the key ...

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US Union Activist to appear in Brum branch event
Tue, 24 Jan 2017

Noted U.S. Union activist Jane McAlevey is set to visit the Birmingham branch again after a noteworthy appearance last year. The event is on 15th February 2017  from 5-7pm, at the Branch in McCl...

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Childrens Trust fight ahead
Tue, 20 Dec 2016

There seems to be a potential fight for Children's Services in the city as the Council announced it would be prefering a Children's Trust today. (17/01/17). Cabinet member for children, families and ...

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BUG meeting at Lancaster Circus
Thu, 19 Jan 2017

Below are the notes from the Building User Group meeting relating to Lancaster circus sent to the branch by a Steward. To note: these are not official minutes from the meeting. "The Lancaster Circus ...

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Stop Closures of Nursery Schools Sign the Petition
Thu, 24 Nov 2016

The challenges that nursery schools face are challenges for the whole community. Yet inadequate funding for local authority nurseries means that 29 closed last year alone. Now our schools face further...

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BCC Staff Conference report
Tue, 06 Dec 2016

The much heralded Staff Conference at Birmingham Hippodrome on November 30th was well attended. An anonymous source who was there reports their personal view of the event.   "The event was bill...

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Childrens Services
Tue, 22 Nov 2016

This is a testing time for Children's Services in Birmingham  and nationwide too. Birmingham Unison will keep you updated, but we also are linking to two websites which look at current news. Th...

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Unison meetings results are a yes
Tue, 01 Nov 2016

After the series of local meetings for BCC Unison members on new terms and conditions, Birmingham Branch Secretary Caroline Johnson  issued a statement to all members on Wednesday 26th October. T...

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LGA Rejects Additional UNISON NJC Pay Claim for 2017
Tue, 18 Oct 2016

LGA Rejects Additional UNISON NJC Pay Claim for 2017-18   LGA REJECTS ADDITIONAL UNISON NJC PAY CLAIM FOR 2017 -   The NJC Committee met 13th October to consider the re...

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In the papers July 2017
Tue, 17 May 2016

This is a new section of the website where stories from the local and national press will be featured. Hopefully this will be on a weekly basis. week beginning 10/07/17 The Independant CARERS: A q...

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Council Leader Clancy visits us.
Tue, 02 Aug 2016

On Wednesday 27th July John Clancy, Birmingham's Council leader paid a rare visit to Birmingham Unison . He spoke to a packed room and was welcomed by Branch leaders. In a 45 minute session he spoke ...

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Brum Visitor inspires
Tue, 02 Aug 2016

 John Burgess, the Branch Secretary of Barnet UNISON Branch. John gave an inspirational talk on on Wednesday 27th July to Birmingham Unison members . He talked about how they have mounted a lengt...

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We unwelcomed the Tories in Brum
Tue, 27 Sep 2016

  The Tory Conference started at Birmingham's ICC on Broad Street last weekend. The heavy police and security precense was  in place and most of the Cabinet were in the neighbouring Hyatt H...

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Joint statement on the new Children and Social Work Bill
Tue, 05 Jul 2016

Recently UNISON has released a statement about the new Children and Social Work Bill. This new piece of legislation will have far-reaching consequences for all social workers, not just children and f...

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UNISON Birmingham Branch speaks out about the referendum
Tue, 05 Jul 2016

UNISON Birmingham Branch has realeased a statement following the EU Referendum. The Birmingham Branch is concerned at the reported rise in racism and it attacks the Austerity agenda of the Tory Govern...

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What we did at Conference 2016.
Tue, 21 Jun 2016

Members of Birmingham Unison have attended both the National and Local Conference in Brighton. Steward Stephen Booth has been speaking at Local Government Conference on Emergency Composite ...

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Statement on the proposal for Birmingham to move Children’s Services to a Trust
Thu, 26 May 2016

  The Tories have made no secret of the fact that they want to privatise our public services and allow private companies to make profits from public money. More has been privatised by George Osb...

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No More Brum Cuts
Tue, 15 Mar 2016

  Council Leader John Clancy and and Richard Burden, MP. Petition signing in Northfield. recently signed our petition whilst visiting the battle bus in Northfield.(see picture)   Joi...

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New Pay Scales Announced
Tue, 22 Mar 2016

   In light of the acceptance by the NJC of a national pay award of 1%, new pay scales have been issued . Download the pay bulletin for details, to see how it affects your pay.   &n...

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PRIDE we were there
Tue, 24 May 2016

 UNISON Birmingham were at PRIDE over the weeknd of 28th/29th May. The event itself drew huge crowds made up of people from all over the UK and some from other countries. There was a fantastic a...

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Prentis speaks on the EU result.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016

National UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis has issued a statement about the result of the EU Referendum. National UNISON had campaigned to Remain in the EU and sent letters to members to state its...

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Proposed Changes To Our Contracts
Sun, 14 Feb 2016

Birmingham City Council is proposing to change our terms and conditions to save £15 million in 2017/8 rising to £18 million in 2018/9. The proposals are planned to come into effect from Ap...

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Young Members Meeting
Tue, 17 May 2016

Dear Colleagues Re: West Midlands Regional Young Members Forum – Wednesday 8th June 2016 - UNISON Regional Centre, 24 Livery Street, Birmingham B3 2PA Young Members in the West Midlands Regio...

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Council Cuts 2016 Section 188 Issued
Wed, 25 Nov 2015

  Wednesday 9 December Update Today the Council commenced a consultation round with trade unions, staff and the public on budget cuts for 2016/7 and 2017/8. The Government now makes councils se...

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Poetry and Songs and Fighting Cuts
Tue, 17 May 2016

 A Poetry and Songs event was held at Stirchley's P-Cafe on Friday 13th May.  Songs were led by Unison's Education and Learning officer Donald McCombie and the event was about highlighting ...

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LGBT Group Annual General Meeting
Thu, 14 Apr 2016

Calling Notice Birmingham Branch LGBT Self-Organising Group Annual General Meeting Date: Friday May 6th  Venue: Room G15, Council Building, Woodcock Street, B7 Time: 13.00-14.00 Refreshments...

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New Global Issues section
Tue, 05 Jan 2016

There is a new section in our News section which focuses on Global Issues. Look under the News tab or click this link. www.birminghamunison.co.uk/Global-issues

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Home Care Rotas Update
Fri, 06 Nov 2015

Wednesday 25 /11/15   We met with Home Care Managers on Thursday 19 November and discussed how our North members might be supported through the remaining weeks of the 3-in-5 rotas. Management s...

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Forced Academies
Tue, 22 Mar 2016

Discussion about government plans to force schools to become academies. Includes links to petitions opposing this. http://www.birminghamunison.co.uk/news-archive/government-plans-forced-academisatio...

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National UNISON campaign to REMAIN in the EU
Tue, 19 Apr 2016

UNISON is to campaign for the UK to stay part of the European Union, and will be encouraging its 1.3 million members to vote remain on 23 June. The decision was taken  at a meeting of the union&...

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Become A Steward Or Workplace Representative
Mon, 11 Nov 2013

Our activists and reps are organisers who talk to, recruit and organise members around workplace issues, hold meetings, undertake surveys and help run ballots. They give members information about unio...

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Join Us
Mon, 11 Nov 2013

You can join us by requesting an application form from the Branch Office (0121 200 3331). That way, you will pay automatically from your salary. You can also ring free to the National line on 0800 17...

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Resource Centre
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Welcome To The Branch
Mon, 11 Nov 2013

With over 12,500 members and 2,500 retired members, Birmingham UNISON is the largest and we believe the strongest union branch in the Council. We have around 4,500 members based in every type of scho...

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UNISON Annual Conferences Report
Mon, 11 Nov 2013

Local Government and Annual Conference Report 2014 Branch Delegation  Local Government: Carol Garfield, Jane Drabble, Alison Meredith, Gabrielle Taylor, Doreen Campbell, Jacqueline Minott, Yola...

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Stopping Cuts and Redundancies
Mon, 11 Nov 2013

Birmingham Branch opposes the cuts to jobs, services and terms/conditions which are part of the Austerity drive of the ConDems. We also are committed to giving the best protection possible to our mem...

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Massive Pay Rally Stops City
Mon, 11 Nov 2013

These are just some of the pictures from the Strike Day on July 10th 2014. Many other Unions were there and many Unison members attended the rally in Victoria Square. There were also picket lines ar...

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Trojan Horse Statement
Wed, 13 Nov 2013

Birmingham Branch Commmittee has agreed to support the following statement by Putting Birmingham School Kids First.   PUTTING BIRMINGHAM SCHOOL KIDS FIRST - Launch statement The central allega...

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Unison Briefing for Social Workers
Wed, 20 Aug 2014

UNISON briefing for registered social workers in ENGLAND   August 2014  Background In the summer of 2012 the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) took over responsibility for regis...

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Bedroom Tax Protest !
Wed, 10 Sep 2014

End Bedroom Tax : No Sanctions for Claimants – No Targets for Staff On 11th September the Anti-Bedroom Tax and Benefit Justice Campaign is holding a day of protest: say no to cla...

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6,000 More Council Jobs To Be Cut
Thu, 18 Sep 2014

Download Branch Newsletter PDF Birmingham City Council Leader Sir Albert Bore has announced that the council workforce will face a further 6,000 full time job losses over the next three financial yea...

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Black History Month
Mon, 22 Sep 2014

Black History Month has been celebrated widely for many years throughout October to honour the achievements, culture, and the history of Black people. You can download the UNISON Black History Month ...

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Pay Consultation Ballots In Post
Tue, 30 Sep 2014

The Local Government employers have made a revised proposal to our national negotiators. This is being put out to consultation to union members.   What Is The Proposal ? The proposal...

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October 14 Strike Update
Tue, 07 Oct 2014

UNISON Local Government & Schools Pay Strike October 14 All Three Unions Prepared For Strike Action UNISON, Unite and GMB have now submitted the formal seven day legal notice for a one day strik...

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Caroline Is Our New Branch Secretary
Thu, 09 Oct 2014

The September Branch Committee held elections for several vacant branch officer positions, as in recent months we have lost Mark Rose and Mark Spence to pastures new. Caroline Johnson was elected to ...

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Pay Consultation Ballot Vote NOW
Thu, 06 Nov 2014

Please vote NOW in the Pay Consultation Ballot. The deadline to receive your vote is 12 noon Wednesday 12 November. So vote NOW to make sure your vote counts. Here’s another guide to what the ...

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Positive Working course places available .
Wed, 12 Nov 2014

Friday 14th November 2014           2.00 – 4.00 Positive Working Practices   Places are still available for this course on Friday at Birm...

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Stars In Our Schools Day 28 November 2014
Wed, 12 Nov 2014

Read the latest e-Focus magazine about the Stars in Our Schools campaign! E-Focus November 2014  

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Child and Family Social Workers Consultation on Assessment and Accreditation
Mon, 17 Nov 2014

The Department for Education is developing a national assessment and accreditation system for child and family social workers.  This work is being carried out by a consortium led by KPMG. The De...

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Save the STAR and Community Links Services
Tue, 02 Dec 2014

We are suffering huge attacks on our services and jobs because of government cuts which the Council seems to be intent on just passing on to us and service users. We need to start fighting these attac...

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NEW PDR Conversations
Wed, 01 Apr 2015

The PDR process is changing. Unison and HR are having conversations about this . Here is a letter from HR's Claire Ward from 26/03/15 to colleagues about this matter.   Dear Colleague   ...

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Rally for Libraries in Birmingham
Tue, 02 Jun 2015

Birmingham Unison supports the Rally for Libraries in Birmingham on Saturday 13th June 2015.   The Friends of Libraries of Birmingham have organised a rally in support of Birmingham Librari...

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School Uniform Grant Application 2015
Tue, 30 Jun 2015

UNISON can help with the cost of school uniform   Just a reminder that the closing date for receipt of all School Uniform Grant applications is Friday 10th July 2015   Attached is anothe...

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Biggest crackdown on trade union rights for 30 years !
Tue, 21 Jul 2015

The biggest crackdown on trade union rights for 30 years were unveiled on Wednesday 15th July, including new plans to criminalise picketing, permit employers to hire strike-breaking agency staff and c...

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Women's Group Calling Notice
Tue, 21 Jul 2015

The women's group are meeting on Thursday 30th July 20155.30 – 7.30pm. The guest speaker addressing our meeting will beBhulla Bejhal a graduate filmmaker whoUses the medium to tell the sto...

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Child and Family Social Workers consultation on Assessment and Accreditation
Tue, 04 Aug 2015

The Department for Education is developing a national assessment and accreditation system for child and family social workers.  This work is being carried out by a consortium led by KPMG.  ...

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UNISON Votes On Pay Proposals
Thu, 20 Aug 2015

The UNISON NJC Committee has considered the results of the branch consultation on the Local Government Association’s pay proposals for 2014-16.  A decisive majority, 64.35% of members, vote...

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Mini Street Festival Stop Austerity
Fri, 21 Aug 2015

Mini Street Festival Against Austerity  Saturday 22nd August Outside the Library of Birmingham A colourful array of street stalls outside the Library of Birmingham was part of the mini Stre...

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Demonstrate Against The Tory Party Conference
Fri, 21 Aug 2015

We are getting ready for the TUC demo at the Tory Party Conference in Manchester on Oct 4th 2015 So come on UNISON stewards and members, all you Corbyn supporters, let's bring the movement back into ...

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Sign Petition Vs 1 Per cent Pay Limit
Fri, 21 Aug 2015

Remove the 1% public sector pay cap. Teachers, nurses etc deserve a pay rise too 10,000 signers of this petition and the Government has to respond, 100,000 and it has to be debated in Parliamen...

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Serco Taking Over Leisure Centres
Fri, 21 Aug 2015

A local community campaign to save sports events at Cocks Moors Woods is asking for your support by signing a petition. Here's what they say. "For 27 years Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre has provi...

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UNISON Supports Jeremy Corbyn
Fri, 21 Aug 2015

Following consultation across the union, UNISON nationally has leant its support to Jeremy Corbyn for Labour Party Leader Angela Eagle for Deputy Leader Those who have a vote will make up their own...

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UNISON Joins Social Work Campaign
Fri, 21 Aug 2015

UK social work organisations have agreed to campaign collectively to safeguard their profession – and the people who rely on them in a time of need. In a statement late last week, the organisat...

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Local MPs who oppose the Trade Union Bill
Tue, 22 Sep 2015

Here are the local MPs who oppose the Trade Union Bill.   Tom Watson Steve McCabe Jess Phillips Khalid Mahmood Richard Burden  

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Windrush 1948 Branch Black History Month Event
Mon, 05 Oct 2015

UNISON Birmingham Branch Black Members Self Organised Group would like to invite you to Windrush 1948 A Black History Month Event Wednesday 14 October 2015 at 4.30pm Veue : 19th Floor, The M...

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Vote for Unison General Secretary
Tue, 06 Oct 2015

We are encouraging all UNISON members to take part in the very important election for our union’s general secretary, the most senior position in Britain’s largest public service union...

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Tories plan for Children’s Social Work
Tue, 16 Feb 2016

What the Tories plan to do with Children’s Social Work The Government's plan to radically reform Children's social work in England have been continuing apace.  They have recently announced...

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No Brum Cuts meeting.
Tue, 15 Mar 2016

All UNISON members welcome at the Lifford House lunch time meeting   WEDNESDAY 23RD MARCH 12.30 – 13.30   ROOM 102   HEAR ABOUT THE LATEST ON #NOBRUMCUTS CAMPAIGN HEALTH AN...

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New Council Leader Elected
Tue, 24 Nov 2015

John Clancy was elected the new Labour leader of the City Council. He won by only one vote from his nearest rival Cllr Penny Holbrook in Monday night's vote (23/11/15). It remains for us to see how h...

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Save Our Neighbourhood Offices
Thu, 03 Dec 2015

A NEIGHBOURHOOD ADVICE AND HOMELESS SERVICE FIT FOR BIRMINGHAM In December 2015 the Council is commencing consultation on the principles of a new Neighbourhood Advice and Homeless Service. The cur...

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2 Year Final Pay Offer
Fri, 11 Dec 2015

  At NJC pay negotiations held on 9 December 2015, the Local Government Association (LGA) made school and council workers a two-year final pay offer. We are just giving the details now to get t...

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Heart Unions
Tue, 05 Jan 2016

  This government is determined to shift the balance of power in the workplace in favour of employers, and get the Trade Union Bill through Parliament with as little scrutiny as possible...

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New Learning Courses
Tue, 26 Jan 2016

UNISON Birmingham Branch Learning at Work March 2016 UNISON Birmingham Branch will be offering the following training workshops , which are open to all:- Tuesday 8th March 2016   &n...

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Redundancy cap will hit hundreds of thousands
Tue, 02 Feb 2016

General secretary David Prentis warns that proposed cap for public sector workers will affect more than high earners “The government’s proposed public-sector redundancy cap will affect hu...

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