Monthly Archives: April 2018

University of Bath agrees to reinstate living wage – we want this at Brighton!

UNISON has welcomed a commitment by the University of Bath to reinstate the living wage – currently £8.75 an hour – from next week, and seek accreditation as a living wage employer with the Living Wage Foundation. But the union, which represents some 300 staff at the university, warned that while this is an urgently needed first step towards addressing…

More on 2018-19 Pay Negotiations

The five higher education unions (including UNISON and UCU) met UCEA, the employers’ organisation for the second of three scheduled meetings last week. UCEA have published a document, which tries to make the point that higher education workers have done quite well for ourselves lately (!) and that universities are either short of money or will be soon. Anyway, an offer…

Work-related stress? Come along to our lunchtime meeting this week

We’re pleased to announce that we have arranged for Bob Woods, from Workstress, the national work -stress network, to speak to UNISON members. Bob will talk about how and why people feel stressed and what we as trade-unionists can do about it. He’ll be here on Thursday 19th April, Room 117, Mithras House from 12pm to 2pm. All UNISON members are…

Inspirational Leadership?

Many people will be aware that the Vice Chancellor has been shortlisted for the Guardian’s Higher Education Inspiring Leader Award, due to be announced on 24th April. Whilst we recognise that there has been change and a new direction of leadership since Debra’s arrival a few years ago, we think you’d struggle to find many workers or students at the University…

2018-19 Pay Latest

University pay talks begin UNISON describes first meeting as ‘constructive’ UK-wide pay talks for higher education got under way on the 26th March, involving employers and all five unions: UNISON, Unite, GMB and academic unions UCU and EIS. Although no offer has been tabled, UNISON described the discussions as “constructive” and all parties have said they intend to make progress…

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