Our branch is run by a committed group of individuals. The Officers and Stewards are all volunteers who are involved in consultations and negotiations on Terms and Conditions with the employer on behalf of UNISON members and member representation when needed. We aim to improve the working lives of our members by promoting fairness and equality.

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School Support Staff Industrial Action Ballot Put on Hold

Unison’s national committee on pay, terms and conditions met on 11 August to decide on whether to ballot School Support Staff over threats to pay, terms and conditions from the Government academisation plans. The decision of the meeting was to wait “as the expected government proposals around forced academies and funding have not been introduced….Therefore …

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UNISON Lobby Against ‘Poll Tax’ Parking Charges

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Around 50 UNISON members lobbied the Highways Cabinet Meeting that was set to make a decision on the introduction of car parking charges of £4 a day or £240 a year on Sandwell Council House staff car park on West Bromwich Street. UNISON welcomes the lowering of annual parking tickets for elsewhere in the Borough …

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Challenge High Caseloads in Children’s Social Care

Caseloads for many Social Workers in Children’s Social Care are far too high. UNISON has formally requested management to agree maximum workload levels with the union. Whilst we await further dialogue UNISON has drafted a ‘Caseload Notification’ form for you to use if you wish to register the fact that your caseload is too high.Caseload …

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Judith Longbottom Awarded Honorary Life Membership


At the West Midlands Unison Regional Council 16 July Sandwell retired member Judith Longbottom was awarded Honorary Life membership in recognition for her Unison activity. Congratulations Judith.

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Sandwell Leisure Trust Petition at Full Council

Sarah James from GMB and Tony Barnsley from Unison represented the unions at the Council meeting 19 July. The formal presentation of the 5,000 plus petition prompted a Council debate. Councillor Richard Marshall (Cabinet Member for Leisure) paid tribute to the staff at SLT and commended their hard work. Council Leader Steve Eling stated he …

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NO to a Children’s Trust in Sandwell

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Union members from UNISON, GMB and Unite met on Monday to voice their opposition to the Tory Governments attempts at privatising Sandwell’s Children’s Services. Tony Barnsley, Joint Branch Secretary for Sandwell UNISON stated, “Creating uncertainty over the pay, pensions and conditions for staff working in Children’s Social Care does nothing to improve the service provided …

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Sandwell Sponsors Love Music Hate Racism / Stand up to Racism fringe at UNISON’s Conferences


Delegates from Sandwell spoke several times at both Local Government and National Delegate Conference. The branch also co-hosted a successful, ‘Stand up to Racism’ fringe meeting. Speakers included Leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett, UNISON’s Assistant General Secretary, Roger McKenzie. Sandwell delegate Sharon Campion chaired the meeting. This was then followed by a, ‘Love …

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UNISON Will Fight any Privatisation of Sandwell’s Children’s Services

PRESS RELEASE 10 June 2016 UNISON Will Fight any Privatisation of Sandwell’s Children’s Services Discussions are underway about future proposals for Sandwell’s Children’s Services following recommendations made by commissioner Eleanor Brazil. No decision has been taken at this time however proposals to either move Children’s Services to a voluntary trust with the co-operation of the …

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Sandwell Council House Car Parking Public Consultation

On 24 May notices were posted at Sandwell Council House car park beginning the public consultation on converting the staff car park into a public car park and thereby charging. UNISON has already submitted a petition to Councillors which was signed by over 700 workers. If individual members wish to lodge an individual objection then …

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The Wragge Report

The findings in the published Wragge report, together with the QC’s report are truly shocking and must never be allowed to happen again. It is deeply saddening that Sandwell Council’s name is being tarnished by the actions of a very small number of Councillors and the inaction of those at the top of Sandwell Council that …

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