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We have a proud record of campaigning with WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) to improve the pension rights of women. If ever there was a time to stand up and be counted as a WASPI woman, it is now. 

WASPI are asking you to give up some time to make a formal complaint to the DWP (Department for Work and Pensions) for a case of maladministration. This involves filling in and posting a number of templated letters to the DWP. The more people that join in the campaign, the more likely it is that the Government will be compelled to make remedy for the “grotesque disadvantage” and financial loss that women have suffered. There are 3.8 million affected by the lack of notice of the 1995 and 2011 Pensions Acts. Not all of them even know its happened.

For more information and resources for making your complaint, please look at https://www.waspi.co.uk/2018/09/11/dwp-mass-action-complaint/


Jul 8, 2019

Hundreds have taken to the streets to protest against the unnecessary and unwanted closure of Stourbridge College.

Nearly 1,000 students will be pushed to Dudley and Halesowen colleges after it closes this summer. 

Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet), which runs the site, has tried to argue feebly that the move was needed due to £6m debts and was "in the best interests of our learners".

UNISON maintains that disadvantaged students will be worst affected, with the plans increasing travel times and costs for students. 

Leigh Powell, our Unison national officer, said unions wanted to know exactly how the decision had been reached to sell off the site, and called for another consultation.

"These people are sitting in a room with spreadsheets and they're not looking at what effect it will have on people's lives," she said.

"Suddenly, for students and staff to be told at the beginning of May your college is shutting down was a shock."

The University and College Union (UCU) meanwhile claims staff and students are undoubtedly paying the price for poor management. The UCU also claimed the move made "little financial sense" with millions of pounds being spent refurbishing the Hagley Road campus.


Jul 8, 2019

The schools haven't broken up yet, but already we're thinking ahead. For families living on low incomes it can be difficult to make ends meet – especially when the new school year begins and the extra costs hit hard.

But it's not all bad news – help is available. UNISON's welfare charity, There for You, has once again got a limited fund to help members on low incomes towards the costs of school uniforms.

Please complete our application form and send to:

There for You
UNISON Centre
130 Euston Road
London
NW1 2AY

The closing date is Friday, 19 July.


Jul 4, 2019

Campaign to make UNISON’s LGBT group more inclusive by changing the name to LGBT+ 


UNISON Steward Sarah Carr at Conference. Photo taken by Steward Juliet Parker. 


Jun 25, 2019

Friday 5 July 2019 - UNISON Centre

Dear colleagues,

This is a reminder that UNISON is holding a social care seminar for members from across the UK on Friday 5 July 2019 at the UNISON Centre in London. UNISON members delivering frontline services across the whole range of adult social care settings are invited to attend. The seminar is open to all social care members whether they work for a council, not for profit community or voluntary organisation, a for profit company or delivering social care in a healthcare setting.

Members will have the opportunity to hear about UNISON’s future plans for social care, to learn how best to campaign and organise in the sector and to allow people to help shape the union’s work in the area. There will be a mix of excellent speakers, including talks from inspiring care workers who have been involved in industrial disputes and an update on UNISON’s ongoing legal action over the sleep-in issue.

Workshop topics currently include:

  • Dealing with violence at work
  • How to try and achieving safe staffing levels in care homes
  • Campaigning and organising in the care sector across the UK
  • Pay and tax issues facing care workers
  • Establishing career progression for care workers
     

Places are limited to 90 members. We are keen for a mix of homecare, residential home, nursing home, supported living workers and all other frontline care workers to come along and to ensure that there is fair representation of members at the event. We also want to try and make sure that members who work for private and voluntary sector employers attend.

Seminar fees will be paid for by the Branch. This will cover refreshments, lunch and administrative costs for the event. The Branch will also be responsible for the cost of travel and any accommodation.

The seminar will run from approximately 10:15 until 15:30. A full and detailed programme of events will be available nearer the time.

Please contact the branch to register your interest. 


May 24, 2019

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Apr 26, 2019

When it comes to negotiating a trade deal with Britain, Donald Trump’s administration is determined to ‘put America first’, or rather put US multinational corporations first.

This poses a real threat to our food and environmental standards, would mean the opening up of the NHS to private US health corporations and will give his climate change denying administration huge influence over UK energy markets. This panel will discuss these threats and how to resist them.

James Anthony, West Midlands Health NEC member will be speaking at the event on behalf of the union. 

Wednesday, 24th April at 7pm at Carrs Lane Church, Carrs Lane, Birmingham, B4 7SX. 


Book your free place here. Refreshments provided.


Apr 11, 2019

Workers' Memorial Day is held on 28 April every year, all over the world workers and their representatives conduct events, demonstrations, vigils and a whole host of other activities to mark the day.

The annual event in Dudley will commence at 12.30 at the Memorial Gardens, opposite the Council House. There will be a number of local speakers. All welcome.


Mar 21, 2019

Mar 21, 2019
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