UNISON picket outside the Portway Lifestyle Centre

Sandwell leisure staff strike again over ‘fire and rehire’ tactics

Leisure trust that is set to run the aquatic centre for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham is targeting staff while having millions in the bank

UNISON wins U-turn over hospital parking charges

West Midlands trust criticised for reimposing parking charges that were meant to be free during the pandemic

‘I’ve felt like I’m more at risk of exhaustion than COVID-19’

A homeless hostel team leader talks about how the coronavirus pandemic has made her and her colleagues’ jobs harder than ever

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Whatever happened to the silly season?

August, usually a time of lazy days and holidays, the silly season and not much happening… but these are strange times and at UNISON, we’re always busy

West Midlands Ambulance Service wins back contract

Bringing the 111 and 999 services together should lead to “real improvements” for both patients and staff

Sandwell council staff celebrate victory in grading dispute

Members in UNISON and Unite had voted 100% to take industrial action before council regraded them

UNISON branch treasurer’s determination wins fair pay for college staff

‘At first it was gut instinct,’ says Julie Robinson, who challenged an error in how term-time staff at West Midlands sixth form college were being paid

Shifting the balance of power

Devolution is finally reaching the English regions – on 4 May, voters get to elect the first batch of ‘metro mayors’

Shifting the balance of power

Devolution is finally reaching the English regions – on 4 May, voters get to elect the first batch of ‘metro mayors’

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All eyes on the metro mayors

UNISON wants to see public services at the top of the agenda during the metro mayor elections

All eyes on the metro mayors

UNISON wants to see public services at the top of the agenda during the metro mayor elections

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Pirouetting onto the UNISON stage

Tamar Dixon started out as a dancer, but has since pursued a new passion as a teaching assistant

Pirouetting onto the UNISON stage

Tamar Dixon started out as a dancer, but has since pursued a new passion as a teaching assistant

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‘They are not just heroes within our union – they’re heroes to their communities too’

I’m proud of the job people who work in the health service do 24 hours a day, seven days a week: UNISON will always fight their corner against this government – by any means possible

Dave Prentis hugs a member at the Redditch Time to Talk session

Award-winning work on mental health in Redditch and Bromsgrove

General secretary Dave Prentis visits branch to see first hand the practical help and support provided to members