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,…

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…

Annual General Meeting 2019

All members are invited to this year’s AGM, which will take place on Wednesday 6th March at 12.30pm, Cockcroft Hall, Moulsecoomb. A free buffet lunch will be available from 12pm. We’re always very happy with the number of people who can make this, so please come along if you can. Please complete our survey if you intend to be there.…

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…

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