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.…

Global Climate Strike 20-27 September 2019

Support the Striking School and College Students! I don’t need to start this by outlining the latest predictions from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). All reasonable people recognise that without serious and significant intervention on a global scale, the planet is heading towards a drastic increase in extreme weather conditions which will have a disastrous effect on…

2019-20 Pay Ballot starts 9th September

If you work directly for the University, you should receive a ballot paper to your home address within days of the 9th September. Your employer’s pay offer isn’t good enough. Living costs have soared and yet most staff have been offered another pitiful pay increase of just 1.8%. So we’re asking UNISON members like you to join with colleagues and vote YES…

Labour Link National Committee Elections

If you’re a member of Labour Link (that means you’re paying into UNISON’s affiliated fund as either part of or in addition to your membership subs) then you should have received a ballot paper this week. If you think you should have received a ballot, but you haven’t, please let us know. This is for the South East seat for…

August 2019 Newsletter is out now

Featuring the latest on pay, strike action at Birmingham and the Local Government Pension Scheme. It’s available in the Newsletter page, along with a year’s worth of back issues. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Local Government Pension Scheme under attack

PENSIONS: Defend local government pensions The government is currently consulting on plans to allow universities and colleges in England to opt out of offering the local government pension scheme (LGPS) to new non-teaching staff. The proposal would: create a two-tier workforce with new starters offered inferior pensions; disproportionately affect women and the lower paid; threaten the future sustainability of the…

Pay Consultation Result

Once again, thanks to all our members who voted in the pay consultation. We asked you to either accept the “final” pay offer of 1.8% with slightly more for lower grades, or reject it, with the recommendation that you reject the offer. 82% of our branch members who voted, voted to reject the offer. 18% voted to accept. The turnout…

2019-20 Pay Consultation – Make sure you vote!

If you work directly for the University and we have your email address on our system, you should have received an email from “Jon at UNISON”. This gives you a personal link to be able to vote to accept or reject the offer, which is 1.8% or slightly more for grades 1 to 3. Please make sure you follow the…

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,…

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