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National Higher Education Conference, January 2020

Delegates from around the UK met in Milton Keynes last week for the annual conference of UNISON’s university workers. Fifteen motions were debated, and there was a speech from Christine McAnea, Assistant General Secretary and an interesting presentation from Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at WonkHE. The conference was dominated by the general election result, what this might mean in relation…

Merry Christmas to all our subscribers

Seasons’ Greetings to you all. Decorative UNISON Image   Christmas Eve is the best day to revamp the blog, so I’ve changed the look of it, ready for 2020. Hope you like it. If you’re not yet subscribed, you can do this easily to get all our latest posts. You can also see a year’s worth of newsletters on the…

2019 General Election Result

Some thoughts, in an entirely personal capacity of course…. The Conservative victory at the general election is a major setback for working people. The bumbling bigot Johnson will whip up prejudice and launch further attacks on our services, livelihoods and environment. This was not a Trump-like victory. Trump mobilised a base organising mass rallies, for example. By contrast, Johnson boycotted…

Pay Ballot – have you voted yet?

We’re half way through the pay ballot which closes on 30th October. UCU are also balloting to the same timescale. It’s important that all our members vote and we’re encouraging members to vote YES for strike action, because what we’ve been offered (and what has been imposed) falls well below what we asked for and well below what we deserve.…

UNISON National Executive Council Elections 2019

If you’re a member (if not, why not?), you should receive a ballot paper to your home address very soon. Please don’t ignore it. It’s your opportunity to decide who you would like to run the union on a national basis for the next two years. Of the full National Executive Committee of 67 people, we can vote for Higher Education seats,…

UNISON Women’s Conference 2019 – A delegate’s and visitor’s perspective.

Women’s Conference, Bournemouth, 14th – 16th February 2019 Julie Beasley – A Visitor’s Perspective As last year, this was an interesting and lively conference, covering a wide range of topics too numerous to mention in a short report. What follows here are some highlights for me, and possibly some ideas or campaigns for branch committee to highlight to members. Conference…

Voluntary Severance

As a trade union, assisting people to leave their jobs is not, ideally, what we’d be doing, but we aim to provide help and assistance to all our members, whatever the circumstances. If you are going through the process, here is a rough guide to it and what we can do to help you.   If you’ve indicated that you…

Higher Education Conference 2019

UNISON’s annual conference of higher education branches and members took place in Nottingham in January. Our branch was represented by Dan Simmonds and Sian Williams as delegates, with Alan Dilley there as a visitor and Sarah Pickett and Ivan Bonsell attending as regional reps. The conference is the decision making body for the union, as far as Higher Education is…

Higher Education Conference 2019

Our branch sent delegates and visitors to this year’s higher education conference in Nottingham last week. You can read UNISON’s official version of what was discussed on the national website here: Conference sets ambitious pay policy for 2019 and here ‘You do fabulous work; you deserve decent pay’ but for a more complete and honest assessment of what was discussed,…

January 2019 newsletter

Hi all, a belated Happy New Year to all our members, and if you’re reading this and you’re not a member then please have a long hard think about joining. Our first newsletter of 2019 has been available for a while, but if you’ve not seen it yet you can find it by following the newsletter link (top-right menu.)

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