Author Archive for Ivan Bonsell

Overtime Payments

One issue which came up in our members’ meeting last week was the relationship between overtime and time off in lieu. Firstly, there is no contractual right to overtime, but if a member of staff is offered additional work then the offer should be made to everyone within the appropriate group (i.e. offered on a fair basis) and then any…

#WorldAgainstRacism- a meeting open to all UNISON Members

We’re happy to support this on-line meeting, hosted by North West UNISON Black Members’ Committee…   #WorldAgainstRacism- a meeting open to all Unison Members 6 pm to 7 pm , Thursday 18th March Speakers: Roger McKenzie, Assistant General Secretary, Unison Glen Williams, National Chair, Local Government Service Group Executive Liz Wheatley, Branch Secretary, Camden Unison   This meeting is to…

2021 Annual General Meeting

As you hopefully will know by now, our AGM for 2021 will be held on Teams at 12pm on Wednesday 3rd March. All members are very welcome to attend. Papers for the meeting are available on the 2021 AGM Page or here: Annual General Meeting 2021 agenda and papers Looking forward to see you on Wednesday.

Meetings today, Tuesday 26th January

Two events happening today: We’ll be participating in the Student-Staff Assembly at 12pm, organised by Brighton Student Solidarity Group and UCU. All welcome. Details here. Student/Staff Assembly. Tuesday 26 Jan 2021, 12-1pm Then at 2pm, we’ll be hosting the first all-members’ meeting of 2021, in the usual Group-UNISON Meeting team. All welcome!  

Latest national advice from UNISON is here:

January_Higher_Education_Advice This is generic advice concerning the latest situtation. If you are asked to work on-site and you’re not happy, or if you’re asked to work from home and struggling with childcare, our advice remains: Please make sure you talk to your line manager about your concerns. Fill in the return to work questionnaire. Ask to see the updated risk…

January 2021 lockdown – here we go again

I’m sure many members will have heard Monday night’s announcement thinking this should have been done at least a day earlier and also, here we go again. In many respects, we’re back to where we were in late March, but with the added experience of nine months of lockdown and semi-lockdown, arguments over face-coverings, ventilation, essential activities etc. The government…

Motion to Support the Engels in Eastbourne Campaign

Agreed at our December Branch Committee meeting: This union branch notes: 28 November 2020 marks the bicentenary of the birth of the German revolutionary, philosopher and radical social and political theorist Friedrich Engels in 1820. Engels alongside Karl Marx played a critical role in helping the development of the British and international working class movement, though his writings – including…

Reinstate Louise Lewis

Louise Lewis is an NEU rep at North Huddersfield Trust School who is being disciplined by the school and could face dismissal. She is not able to communicate with any of her colleagues or speak publicly about her case which has in effect gagged her, just at a time when the school membership needs her the most. NEU members at…

2020-21 Pay Consultation Result

Thanks to everyone who responded to our pay consultation. 88% of those rejected the 0% “offer” on a 46% turnout. UNISON’s leading body decided last week to recommend a national ballot of all university branches, which will hopefully take place early next year.      

Information Services Dispute – Update 23/11/20

Since October, both UNISON and UCU have been in dispute with the University over their proposal to reorganise IT support and Print Services, which initially would have meant compulsory redundancies for a number of people. At the start of the consultation exercise, it was not clear how many jobs would be threatened, but we estimated somewhere between 15 and half…

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