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Access to Work Mental Health Support Service Launched

The UK Government Department for Work and Pensions has launched the ‘Access to Work Mental Health Support Service’ that is delivered by Remploy. The service “provides confidential support to help you remain in your job.” It is a free service to those in England, Scotland and Wales. Their advisers can help with: Workplace support for […]

Cancellation of UNISON Conferences 2020

Following consultation with the President, General Secretary and relevant National Committees, the decision has been taken to the cancel of UNISON’s Autumn Conferences. The decision has been taken to support branches, give them certainty in these times and to protect our activist’s health, safety and wellbeing. The affected conferences are as follows: Retired Members Tuesday […]

TUC releases Coronavirus Return to Work guide

The TUC has released a ‘return to safe workplaces’ digital guide. The guide covers information on steps to ensure a workplace is safe and fit for purpose. It is accessible by anyone. The key information is that employers must do a risk assessment for the current situation. To read the full guide, click here to […]

Annual General Meeting 2020

The Branch’s AGM is quickly approaching. If you would like to attend or submit any questions, please use the following details: Date: Tuesday, 10th March 2020 Time: 12:00 to 14:00 Venue: Brooklands, Great Cornbow, Halesowen, West Midlands, B63 4SG Lead: Karen Rickards (Branch Secretary) Access Link: Will be communicated on the day Email: The […]

Regional Retired Members’ Opportunity

As you will all be aware last year the Branch suffered a significant loss with the passing of Bob Woods. His contribution to the Branch will be and already has been sorely missed. So much so that we are now anxious to recruit any Retired Member or Members who feel they can continue to support […]

Barnardo’s Scotland Staff Conferences 2019

This year Barnardo’s are holding three staff conferences in Scotland. UNISON Barnardo’s will be present at all three with information, advice and freebies available. Come along and have a chat with us, and if you’re not already, become a member of the only recognised union for Barnardo’s employees. The conference dates are: Glasgow – 4th […]

Bob Woods

Last week we passed on the sad news of the death of Bob Woods, former Barnardo’s colleague and lifelong trade union and LGBT+ activist. Bob was not only a highly respected social worker but devoted many hours of his own time to causes close to his heart, including promoting respect for difference at St Teilo’s […]

Landmark UNISON case confirms minimum annual leave for all workers

UNISON today secured a victory at the Court of Appeal affecting hundreds of thousands of employees working part-time and irregular hours or patterns. Harpur Trust v Brazel & UNISON clarifies the legal position ensuring all workers are entitled to a minimum of 28 days paid annual leave, even if they do not get given work or paid […]

Climate Change Strike

The UNISON Barnardo’s Branch has received a number of enquiries asking what action UNISON intend to take regarding the climate change strikes on 20th September 2019. Please see below the official statement which the Branch will be observing. Anti-trade union laws (i.e. the Trade Union Act) mean that UNISON branches are unable to take strike […]