Thank You Teaching Assistants

To All Teaching Assistants,

Mr Gove may not value Teaching Assistants, but here at UNISON we believe you are a vital part of our Children’s Education and as the school years ends we just wanted to say a quick thank you on behalf of all our members for all the hard work and dedication you’ve put in; we know many of you go above and beyond what’s required.

Thank You!


See more about UNISON’s Campaign to Save Teaching Assistants

You might want to sign this petition.

If you are not a member of UNISON, you’re always welcome to join us, find out more about us here: www.joinunison.org

Read more about government plans to abolish teaching assistants.

UNISON Can Help With School Uniform Costs

If you're struggling with the rising cost of living, and worried about how you'll be able to cope with back-to-school costs, UNISON might be able to help.

The union's welfare charity, There For You, has set up a limited fund to help with school uniform costs with a one-off payment of up to £120, and is now accepting applications from members on low incomes.

To apply, and to find out if you may be eligible, download the application form. Alternatively, you can contact the branch.

You will need to submit completed application forms by 5 July 2013.

The Women Chainmakers' Festival 2013

A Festival celebrating an historic strike by women Chainmakers will return to Cradley Heath this weekend.

The ninth Women Chainmakers festival will be held in Bearmore Park in Cradley Heath on 8th June, preceded by a new addition to the festival -'Friday night at the Chainmakers'.

The venue for both events, Bearmore Mound, is in the heart of the Cradley Heath community where the Chainmakers worked and lived - and fought their successful ten week dispute to secure a minimum wage for their sector.

Bank Holiday - Branch Office Closure

Please note the Branch Office will be closed for the Bank Holiday on Monday 27th May 2013 and Tuesday 28th May 2013.  If your call is urgent please contact UNISON Direct on 0845 355 0845.  The office will re-open at 9am on Wednesday 29th May 2013.

Adult Learning Week 20-24th May: The Learning Cinema

The Learning Cinema is being held in the old court-room within the Shire Hall (accessed either via the gallery or the library) and presents 47 talks on a variety of subjects from the website Ted.com.

No booking is required, simply turn up for the talk(s) you want to see, learn and enjoy.