UNISON equality Survey 2017

11590 UNISON members working across the different UNISON service groups and regions responded to a online survey during the period 12.6.17 – 7.8.17.

Quite detailed but worth a look for those interested.

https://www.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/2017/08/Equality-Survey-2017-summary-report-pdf.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Equality%20E-bulletin%20-%20Autumn%202017&utm_source=Equalities&utm_content=Equality%20survey%20result

 

Is the public sector pay cap about to be scrapped?

With increasing pressure from opposition parties, unions and pressure groups it seems possible that the government will be forced into a U-turn over the public sector pay cap. Read UNISON’s blog on the issue here

https://www.unison.org.uk/news/2017/09/pay-pressure-beginning-pay-off-theres-much/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=activist%205%20September&utm_source=Communications&utm_content=3%20things

2017-18 Pay Consultation – 67.8% of Brighton members reject the offer

Thanks to all those members who participated in our consultative ballot over pay in June. We are very pleased that so many of you made an effort to engage with the branch and express your view, however you voted.

The results was a rejection of the offer by 67.8% of those who voted on a 40.6% turnout.

This has been submitted to UNISON’s national office and the Service Group Executive will decide on a course of action based on all higher education branches.

More news to follow when we have it.

Demo over Chechnya this Saturday

A demonstration has been organised for this Saturday to raise awareness of and show solidarity for people in Chechnya who are being rounded up, tortured, and murdered on suspicion of being gay.

Details of petitions will be available asking Theresa May to use her position and influence to put pressure on Putin and Kadyrov to cease these human rights violations immediately.

The March will commence at midday on Saturday May 27, from Brighton Station.

The route will be: Brighton Train Station – North Street – East Street – Bartholomew House headquarters for Brighton & Hove City Council.

Dress code – black t-shirt/top – pink triangles will be available to secure to your top (or you can bring your own).

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Huge Job Cuts At Welsh Universities linked to Brexit

Staff at Aberystwyth University are facing potential job losses as it tries to make £11.4m of cuts by April 2019.

The university has blamed increasing competition for students, rising costs, and Brexit uncertainty for needing to make the savings.  They are not alone, two other Welsh Universities (USW and UWTSD) are also considering making big job cuts.

Read full report here

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-39859608

This is very worrying news for the whole of the HE sector.

National Protest against Driver only trains, April 26th, Old Palace Yard, Westminster

April 26th marks a year of the RMT Southern Guards determined industrial action against driver Only operation (DOO) with over 30 strike days taken so far and more days planned until they can reach a joint settlement. The DOO dispute is about safety, security and accessibility on the railways , and is one which puts passengers before profit.

To mark that anniversary, and the threats they face elsewhere in the country by its threatened extension, they will be holding a protest at noon outside Parliament followed by a rally in Central Hall at 2.00pm.

 This will be their last opportunity to make some noise outside parliament until after the election and it would be great to have as much support as possible so please come along and show support if you can.

 

National Executive Council Elections 2017

It’s time to choose who speaks for you. Elections are being held for all seats on UNISON’s National Executive Council (NEC), the governing body of the union.

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A ballot paper will be sent to every eligible member at their home address, together with information on the candidates. The ballot opens on 3 April 2017 and closes on 28 April 2017.

If you have not received your ballot paper by 11 April, please call 0800 0857 857. Lines open 6am to midnight, Monday to Friday and 9am to 4pm on Saturday.

University of Brighton Branch nominated the following candidates.

For Higher Education, our branch nominated Kath Owen and Sandy Nicoll.

They stand for:

  • A fighting and democratic union
  • Active campaigning branches
  • A decent pay rise
  • No to privatisation and outsourcing
  • Defend migrant staff, students & refugees
  • For free education

We support their candidacy as we believe our union needs to:

  • End austerity, defend public services
  • Defend all our communities from bigotry
  • End poverty pay, Living Wage now
  • Celebrate our international campus communities
  • Stop Trump, oppose racism
  • Defend the NHS

We also nominated the following candidates:

Jacqui Berry, Diana Leach and Dan Sartin for South East Regional Seats

Josie Runswick for the Young Members’ Seat

April Ashley for a Black Members’ Seat

Roger Lewis for a Disabled Members’ Seat

We want our NEC to reflect the democracy of our union, so please make sure you use your vote!

2017-18 Pay Claim

The trade unions have submitted a joint pay claim for the increase due 1st August 2017.

Higher education unions submit 2017-18 pay claim

Key points from the claim are:

  • An increase to all spine points on the national pay scale of RPI plus £1,200, or RPI plus 3%, whichever is greater;
  • £10 per hour minimum wage with all HEIs to become living wage employers, ensuring all campus staff are paid at least the Living Wage Foundation rate.

 

For members working for the Students’ Union, we’ll be asking you what you want a pay claim to focus on, with a members’ survey, before submitting a claim to the SU management.