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Birmingham Chinese New Year Festival 2013

2013 is the Chinese year of the Snake.

The Birmingham Chinese Festival Committee would like to invite you to join their celebrations which will be taking place on Sunday 10th February 2013, from 12:30 – 5:30pm in the Arcadian Centre, Birmingham. This popular event is free and open to members of all communities and in previous years has attracted over 30,000 visitors.

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor John Lines & The Leader of Birmingham City Council, Councillor Sir Albert Bore will open the ceremony by performing the traditional ceremony of Dotting the Dragons Eye’s. The dragon & lion dances’ will then commence, followed by a full programme of acrobatics, various martial arts, traditional music and dance performances. A variety of Chinese craft stalls will be sited along Hurst Street and there will be a fireworks finale at 17:25.

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill Published

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill was introduced into Parliament and had its first reading on 24 January. The Bill was published today. This is an important step towards same-sex couples being able to marry in England and Wales, and follows the publication of the Government’s proposals on 11 December which made clear its commitment to introducing this legislation.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will:

Annual General Meeting 2013

Staffordshire Branch of UNISON's Annual General Meeting will be held at 5:30pm on Thursday 28th February 2013 at The White Eagle Club, Riverway, Stafford, ST16 3TH.

There is a free buffet available from 5pm and all attendees can enter a Free Prize Draw, sponsored by Frizzells.

All members should have received their copy of the AGM Booklet. If you are a member and have not received yours, please contact the Branch to confirm that we have the correct address for you.

West Midlands Labour Link Forum Meeting - Saturday 26th January 2013

The next meeting of the The West Midlands Regional Labour Link Forum takes place on:

Date: Saturday 26th January 2013

Venue: UNISON Regional Centre, 24 Livery Street, Birmingham

Time: 10.30 am – 3.00 pm 

Programme of the day to follow.

Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser

A huge thank you to everyone who supported our Breast Cancer Awareness day fundraiser yesterday!

We sold homemade cakes and held a raffle. We had a great turn out and people were very generous that helped us raise a massive £250.00 which is going to a very worthy cause.

Join Us For Cakes - Thrusday 25th October 2012

In aid of Breast Cancer Care, Staffordshire UNISON are holding a fundraising event in the UNISON Meeting Room, 7th Floor, Wedgwood Building, Tipping Street, Stafford.

As well as their being cakes available to buy, we will also be holding a raffle, where you can win o2 music tickets, wine, chocolate and more!

Download the poster for the event below!

Celebrate Black History Month - Saturday 6th October

Black History Month enables us to benefit from the goodness of our multi-cultural society. And it allows us to remember the achievements of those who challenged the norm and struggled to “make the world a better place".

Black History Month happens every October in the UK and provides a wonderful occasion to celebrate the diversity of our society and the contributions Black and Asian men and women have made to the development of British society, technology, economy and culture.

The flyer for the event on Saturday 6th October is available for download below.

Personal Injury Settlements – August 2012

Please see below for a breakdown by branch of Personal Injury Settlements for August 2012. The breakdown shows the amount of money which UNISON recovered for members in Personal Injury Claim Settlements. In the Region members received £82,029.69 in compensation for personal injuries.

Recruit a Friend and Get a £10 Voucher

With politicians drastically cutting public spending, essential public services are under serious threat of cuts and privatisation.

So are the jobs of the dedicated public service workers who serve our communities in schools, social care, libraries, and thousands of other vital local services.

The Government says that these cuts are necessary to balance the books after the recession, but they are cutting so hard and so fast that many people fear it will tip us back into recession, making matters worse.

UNISON believes there is a better way – we want to see investment in jobs and services, which is why we are campaigning to defend public services and the people who provide them.  If you wish to get involved, please contact us.

Staffordshire County Council – Future of Children’s Centres

Stephen Twigg, Shadow Education Secretary, speaking in an all-party parliamentary group report on Surestart said, “As a country, we want to use all the talent that’s available to us and if a parent is unavailable because they can’t get proper childcare, they’re unavailable to the country … Early Years and childcare are examples where sensible investment brings cost savings later in life. Parents are facing a killer combination of the economic situation, rising childcare costs and the reduction in services.”