Calling all Black members – newsletter and training event

The Summer edition of the regional Black members’ newsletter can be found here: SERBMSummerNewsletter2022 Black members have also organised a training weekend, details here: Black-Members-Training-weekend-flyer-and-Application-form (8) Please get in touch if you’d be interested in attending.

Please complete our Stress Survey

This week, we launched our first ever stress survey, which is our attempt to collate information about how members of staff are feeling. As far as we’re concerned, the University is doing what it should be doing, that is monitoring and addressing the issue of work-related stress adequately, so our survey is an attempt to provoke more attention to the…

2022-23 Pay Ballot Result – 82% vote to strike on a 61% turnout

A massive thank you to everyone who voted in our pay ballot. We achieved our highest ever turnout in a postal ballot with four out of five members who voted, voting in favour of taking strike action. This is a result of the 3% (plus more for grades 1 to 4) pay rise imposed this month, which, due to inflation…

12.3% inflation means this dispute over pay is off the scale

With inflation now in double figures (12.3% RPI and 10.1% CPI), it’s clear that this is a major crisis for this government and the economic system that they’re trying to control. For universities, it’s also a major crisis, as if the effects of a decade of marketisation and tuition fee led competition had not already created major winners and losers.…

Pay Ballot Rally – Watch it here now

If you missed our pay ballot rally last week, you can watch it here, featuring our very own Lizzie. Higher Education Pay – strike ballot online rally – YouTube We’re now mid-way through our ballot. All members working directly for the University should have received a ballot paper at home, so please make sure you return it and let us…

Pay Ballot Strike Rally – Thursday 28th July at 1pm

Pay strike ballot rally – online launch We are pleased to announce Christina McAnea, UNISON General Secretary and Jon Richards, UNISON Assistant General Secretary, as speakers at our online rally as part of the strike ballot launch for Higher Education pay. There’s also our very own Lizzie speaking, so please try to attend if you can. Date: Thursday 28 July 2022 Time: 13:00-14:00 Register…

Final Pay Dispute Meeting – no offer means we’re balloting

Trade union negotiators met with UCEA, the employers’ organisation on Thursday morning, in what was the final dispute meeting, after unions quite rightly rejected an offer of 3%, rising to 9% for the lowest paid. With RPI inflation now close to 12%, this final offer represents massive real terms pay cut and we can’t possibly accept it. UCEA could have…

2022-23 Pay Ballot – please make sure you vote!

On 22nd July, thousands of UNISON members working at universities will be issued with ballot papers over the pay dispute for the pay rise due in August. Ballot papers will go to home addresses. With inflation at 12% or 9%, depending on which measure you use, anything less than these seemingly massive increases, will represent a significant pay cut. The…

2022-23 Pay Consultation Result

The pay consultation closed on Friday. Thanks to all those to responded to the emails. 81% of members who responded wanted to reject the proposed pay offer (3% plus more for the lower grades) on a 47% turnout. This is a solid result and broadly in line with the national picture, which was overwhelmingly to reject a derisory pay offer…

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