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BCC spending freeze starts
Dawn Baxendale BCC Chief Executive has announced an immediate spending freeze fo...
Tue, 16 October 2018
Stress is top concern at work
A new Labour Research report says that Stress is top concern —, accor...
Tue, 16 October 2018
Courses in October and Novembe...
  UNISON Birmingham Branch 25 years of Learning at Work October 2018 UN...
Tue, 21 August 2018
Never mind the pay scales!
Last year BCC were proposeing to overhaul the current pay scales of BCC workers....
Tue, 09 October 2018
Homecarers at Labour conferenc...
A group of Home Carers went to the Labour Party conference to highlight their co...
Tue, 07 August 2018
We're coming to see you!
Martin Carroll ,Birmingham Unison's Membership Officer is visiting some workplac...
Tue, 02 October 2018
Women's Group Film Showing
Unison Women's Self Organised Group invites you to celebrate Black History Month...
Thu, 13 September 2018
Save Our Schools report
Unison continues to protest along with others, at the level of funding cuts to s...
Tue, 11 September 2018

Stress is top concern at work
Tue, 16 Oct 2018

A new Labour Research report says that Stress is top concern —, according to the TUC’s 12th biennial survey of trade union health and safety reps. Seven in 10 (70%) of the reps takin...

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BCC spending freeze starts
Tue, 16 Oct 2018

Dawn Baxendale BCC Chief Executive has announced an immediate spending freeze for the Council. This covers a "all but essential " spending. Although how "essential" spending is defined , she hasn't sa...

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Never mind the pay scales!
Tue, 09 Oct 2018

Last year BCC were proposeing to overhaul the current pay scales of BCC workers. The proposal was to do away with the current spinal points  and establish new one, which would be spanning each t...

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Courses in October and November
Tue, 21 Aug 2018

  UNISON Birmingham Branch 25 years of Learning at Work October 2018 UNISON Birmingham Branch will be offering the following training workshops , which are open to all:-   Tuesday 16th...

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We're coming to see you!
Tue, 02 Oct 2018

Martin Carroll ,Birmingham Unison's Membership Officer is visiting some workplaces to recruit members but also to be there to talk to about queries and signpost members to help available. Woodcock St...

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Black History Event
Tue, 18 Sep 2018

Unison Birmingham Black Members Invites you to a Black history event Tuesday 9th October, 2018 Mclaren Building, Dale End, Birmingham. 5.00pm – 9.00PM.     Sp...

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Homecarers at Labour conference
Tue, 07 Aug 2018

A group of Home Carers went to the Labour Party conference to highlight their concerns. A number of MPs and members showed support for the Home Carers and  some even took to socal media. David Pr...

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Women's Group Film Showing
Thu, 13 Sep 2018

Unison Women's Self Organised Group invites you to celebrate Black History Month with the screening of the inspiring movie, Hidden Figures. The film tells the story of the achievements of female math...

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Save Our Schools report
Tue, 11 Sep 2018

Unison continues to protest along with others, at the level of funding cuts to schools. Locally we have had a very well attended meeting last friday at the council House with Unison branch members pre...

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Save our day centres
Tue, 04 Sep 2018

A campaign meeting was held at Birmingham Unison to  save our day centres in view of proposed cuts. This is ahead of a protest which will take place whilst there's a Council Cabinet meeting...

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Women's Lives Course
Tue, 04 Sep 2018

  Women's Lives Course “Women’s Lives is a course designed for women who may have been away from learning for some time. It will help you gain the skills and confidence to study, le...

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Employment law on delaying hearings
Tue, 04 Sep 2018

This case may be useful to look at if delays to hearings are occuring - see our Employment Law page

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Discrimination Useful Info
Tue, 07 Aug 2018

Discrimination law is found in the Equality Act 2010. The EA10 lists 9 “protected characteristics” – age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy a...

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Women's Book club event report
Tue, 07 Aug 2018

the new Book Club was launched recently with a Women's event called "women Slay In Your Lane", for a full report see our Women's Group page

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Homecare workers strike
Tue, 31 Jul 2018

A mass rally today was held by Homecare Workers outside of the Council House today (31/07/18). Over 250 people turned up to demonstrate opposition to Council plans to cut their hours and impose new wo...

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Council Leader visits us
Tue, 31 Jul 2018

On Wednesday 25th July Counsellor Ian Ward attended our Branch Committee meeting, he came to speak with us and to answer some questions. He talked about our  housing need, the Commonwealth Games ...

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We are TUC Award Winners
Tue, 24 Jul 2018

We were awarded a TUC Award for Learning, which was given to Branch Learning co-ordinator Donald McCombie at a ceremony in London on July 19th.   It honours the work with Birmingham branch memb...

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Thoughts on Clean Air Zone wanted
Tue, 31 Jul 2018

Did you know that Birmingham City Council are looking to introduce a congestion charge for vehicles coming into the city centre and the wider areas around it? “We need cleaner air as soon as po...

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BCC says cut hours or go
Tue, 24 Jul 2018

The Council is more or less saying cut your hours or face redundancy to the home care workers in a developing course of action. Homecarers are due to go on strike again soon over changes to working r...

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Disabled Members Survey
Tue, 24 Jul 2018

Reasonable Adjustment Survey   Dear Member  As Disabled Members’ Officer I am concerned that some managers' awareness of disability issues and their responsibilities under the Equa...

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New AUGUST Courses to help members
Tue, 22 May 2018

UNISON Birmingham Branch 25 years of Learning at Work August 2018   UNISON Birmingham Branch will be offering the following training workshops , which are open to all:- Wednesday 1st August ...

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Win a prize and keep in touch!
Tue, 10 Jul 2018

We need to be able to contact our members, so to make sure we're up to date on your contact details we'd like you to contact us with them . As a thank you we're offereing prizes! So please fill in th...

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Unison Conference reports
Tue, 17 Jul 2018

 Birmingham Branch members attended the Local Government Conference and National Delegate Conference in Brighton recently and as a flavour of what went on in these conferences , some members have...

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Hot weather advice
Tue, 10 Jul 2018

Labour & European Law Review Weekly Issue 577 04 July 2018 Acas, the conciliation agency, and the TUC have both issued advice to employers to ensure that workers stay safe in the sun. Some worke...

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Council talk about NEW cuts ?
Tue, 03 Jul 2018

Birmingham City Council announced the contents of the repsonse to the Kerslake Report   on June 29th. The Report was set up to be responded back to at regular stages by the Tory Government....

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homecare dispute at conference
Tue, 19 Jun 2018

A number of branch members went to the Local Government Conference in Brighton recently. Some spoke on a variety of subjects. The branch also highlighted the Homecare dispute . Some  strikers are...

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Unison NEC International reports
Tue, 26 Jun 2018

At the recent UNISON NEC National Delegates Conference their were number of internatinal speakers.  Photo is of Dave Auger, International officer and Chris Cooper with Cesar Loza and Hector...

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Training for stewards available
Tue, 05 Jun 2018

The following courses are running for activists.   030- ERA Refresher Training- 5th and 6th July 032- Dealing with a Grievance Case- 21st and 22nd June 033- Dealing with a Capability Case- ...

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Homecarers in new strike ballot
Tue, 29 May 2018

Birmingham Homecare Workers are being re-balloted on strike actionin in the ongoing dispute.The long running dispute is over proposed rota and shift changes. The followings letter was sent by th...

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Action for Accidents At Work
Thu, 24 May 2018

  Health and Safety Reporting Process for Members   WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT In the event of an accident occurring, the following steps should be taken:     ...

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Equal Pay statement
Tue, 29 May 2018

The following is a statement on Equal Pay from UNISON “UNISON is aware of reports of payments for so called 3rd Generation equal pay claims. We are investigating and taking advice and will repo...

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Unison on the march in London
Tue, 15 May 2018

Birmingham Branch  members took part in the big  TUC march and demo on Saturday May 12th in London, including parading the support for the Home Care strikers around the route. National Uni...

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Bins councillor gets the sack!
Tue, 15 May 2018

In a post election re-shuffle Council leader Ian Ward is reported to have "binned" Lisa Trickett, the councillor who was responsible for trying to push through the changes which started the long strik...

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Book club coming soon!
Tue, 15 May 2018

Passionate about reading? Are you a history buff or, is there a topic that excites you? UNISON Women’s Self Organised Group Invite you to be part of the conversation about developing a book c...

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Branch wins for school staff
Tue, 08 May 2018

 Following recent meetings Birmingham Branch have won some improvements for schools support staff.  We have successfully negotiated more favourable alcohol misuse policy and substance mis...

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School cuts an election issue
Tue, 17 Apr 2018

Protestors turned up on a rainy Saturday lunchtime last weekend to vent their anger at school cuts in Birmingham and beyond. Crowds gathered outside the Council House in Victoria Square. Parents (inc...

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Pay offer officially accepted
Tue, 20 Jun 2017

National Unison has offically announced today (10/04/18) that it has accepted the pay offer from the Local Government Association. National Secretary Heather Wakefield wrote to members today about the...

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Home Care strike continues
Tue, 23 Jan 2018

On Saturday March 24th Home Care workers and supporters held another day of action in the continuing dispute over jobs and rota changes with Council management.  A number of stalls went up in loc...

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New courses for members announced
Tue, 27 Mar 2018

 Courses on Key Skills and Counselling, Job Search Skiils and Dementia Awareness are being run by West Midlands Unison. 062- Get that Job (Job Search Skills)- 10th May 064- Dementia Awareness...

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Home carers strike background.
Tue, 02 Jan 2018

  How we got to this situation: Councils have been forced to impose steep cuts on adult social care because the money they receive from Central Government has fallen substantially. Unlike other...

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Hands off our holidays petition.
Tue, 19 Dec 2017

The PM needs to face down a ministerial plot to scrap the Working Time Directive in the UK, or millions of workers could lose their paid holidays, or face even longer working weeks. No-one voted for...

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We are award winners!
Tue, 21 Nov 2017

There was recognition for the hard work done at the branch at the Unison Regional Awards ceremony which took place on November 15th. Birmingham Branch's Senior Steward for Adults, Lisa Kelly won the ...

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Stewards Resources
Tue, 10 Oct 2017

This page will link to some resources that may be useful for stewards Health & Safety Please download the RIDDOR and accident information from below. Transgender At Work.  PLease download...

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Living wage rise
Tue, 14 Nov 2017

  The living wage has risen to £8.75 an hour across the UK (and £10.20 an hour in London, where the cost of living is higher). The living wage is calculated independently and is s...

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Enablement Update
Thu, 05 Oct 2017

Enablement update Birmingham City Council are planning to cut the enablement service by 40% which will mean some staff will be made voluntarily redundant, if enough staff do not apply for redundancy ...

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World Mental Health Day event
Tue, 03 Oct 2017

    Birmingham Branch were active in World Mental Health Day. This was run by Birmingham MIND and it was addressing mental health in the workplace.    The branch also set up ...

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Tory Conference Protest report
Tue, 19 Sep 2017

PROTEST AT TORY PARTY CONFERENCE  SUNDAY 1ST OCTOBER 2017 saw a reported 30,000  people turning up to protest at the Tory Party conference in Manchester. A rally was held at the Castlefield...

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Would you like to become a Steward
Tue, 26 Sep 2017

     UNISON IS LARGEST TRADE UNION IN BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL   We are looking for recruitment in UNISON Workplace Stewards in all the Directorates at Birmingham City Council f...

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Want Labour to hear your voice?
Tue, 29 Aug 2017

Are you a Labour Party member? Did you know that you can be part of Labour Link if you pay into the Associated Poliitcal Fund.  Labour Link is Unison's local and national way into influencing La...

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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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UNISON VICTORY ON TRIBUNAL FEES
Tue, 01 Aug 2017

Unison boss Dave Prentis was very happy to share the great news that the Tory Government's Industrial Tribunal fees were declared void by the Supreme Court. Mr Prentis' statement to members on Wednesd...

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Hazards Conference Report
Tue, 08 Aug 2017

    Opening Plenary in Westminster Theatre   The opening plenary was so welcoming the chair Doug Russell discussed the conference arrangements and updates of Hazards and Updates of ...

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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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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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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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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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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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