Welcome to the website of the Sheffield Hallam University branch of UNISON.
We represent administrative, professional, technical, clerical and manual staff at Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Hallam University Students’ Union. We aim to negotiate better terms and conditions, advise and support members who need help, and campaign for a fairer, safer workplace and society.
As a UNISON branch, we are part of one of Britain’s biggest trade unions, representing workers across all the public services.
On this site you can
- find out more about UNISON
- contact the Branch
- find out how to join UNISON
- read Branch news and information
- connect to other useful websites and sources of information
Why not join us on Wednesday 5 December in the Arundel Room, Millennium Gallery.
Are you coming up to retirement?
Do you know that you can continue to get benefits of being a UNISON member after you leave SHU? All for a flat rate of £15 what a bargain!
As a retired member you would still have access to UNISON Welfare and UNISON Legal Services as well as receiving special rates or increased benefits from UNISON’s service providers.
You just need to have been a member for at least 2 years and to apply within 2 years of retiring from SHU and to be either be getting a pension or have reached the state pension age.
Download retired membership form
To help us monitor turnout, please let us know you have voted.
This information will be used solely in order to monitor progress towards the threshold, and to inform our “get the vote out” activities – we are not asking for details of how you voted.
Either use the survey at http://unisonshu.org.uk/ls/payvote, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for receipt of all ballots is Thursday 25th October. If you have not received a ballot, there is still time to call the UNISON helpline on 0800 0857 857.
For more information see UNISON’s HE Pay website: https://www.unison.org.uk/at-work/education-services/about/higher-education/higher-education-ballot
A pay calculator, to help you work out how much your pay has fallen behind is here: https://unsn.uk/HEpaycalculator18
Assertiveness Workshop 9 November 2018
This one day workshop will help you to:
• Understand the meaning of assertive, passive and aggressive behaviour,
• Consider the nature and impact of behaviour on ourselves and on others,
• Practise a more assertive approach to a range of situations,
• Speak with more confidence.
Cost to Branch: FREE
Member Learning Weekend – 24-25 November 2018
(apply by 22 October 2018, places subject to availability)
1 night Residential at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Leeds
Cost to branches: FREE
Download an application form at:- http://www.unison-yorks.org.uk/education.html. Application forms must then be approved by your branch; please email email@example.com.
Fri 7 December 2018 (Apply by: 5 November 2018)
Non-residential at UNISON Regional Centre, Commerce House, Leeds
This workshop, run by True Bearing Chartered, will make you aware of your choices and aid you in your decision making around retirement.
Is this workshop for me?
If you are retiring imminently or considering retiring within the next 18 months and want to be informed of the issues affecting your retirement you need to plan for your next phase of life.
By the end of the workshop you will be able to:
• Create your own route path from the world of work to the world of retirement,
• Identify changes in both pensions and financial regulations which will affect your retirement decisions,
• Identify the long term issues affecting your retirement,
• Identify personal and lifestyle actions which will help to improve your retirement,
• Start the process of planning for a successful retirement.
At True Bearing Chartered we can provide you with comprehensive independent financial advice to improve your financial security.
Cost to Branches: £10
If you would like to attend please email firstname.lastname@example.org
When a member has been off work due to illness for six weeks or more our branch would like to send a card to wish them well and to remind them of the support services UNISON offer.
As part of the scheme we also offers a welfare gift to the member with the choice of one of the following gifts: chocolates, flowers or a fruit/veg box.
If you know of a UNISON member in your area who is off sick please let us know by emailing email@example.com with their name and we will get in touch.
Saturday 10 November 2018
This one day event is ideal for women to build their skills and confidence to be more active in the union and everyday life.
It is an informal event open to all women UNISON members, covering:
- Confidence & Assertiveness skills
- How UNISON works
- Building women’s involvement in UNISON
- Writing and presenting motions for conferences
- Everyday negotiating skills
- Women inspiring Women
To attend – please ask your branch to send a completed education form to: Joanne Turnbull, Commerce House, Wade Lane, Leeds, LS2 8NJ or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost £25.00 (expenses to be met by branches)
Creche can be provided on request
The cost of the course and travel expenses are covered by the branch. Please contact Joanne Ward our Branch Administrator if you would like to attend.
What’s the issue?
As you may have seen in recent updates, Unison has been in discussion with other Higher Education unions about the employers’ pay offer for 2018/19. Here’s what the unions asked for and what was offered by employers:
|Joint unions’ pay claim:
||Employers’ pay offer:
|7.5% or £1,500 + a minimum wage of £10 per hour
|2% or £425 (full time) whichever is higher
Due to the employers’ offer being significantly less than what was requested by all unions, Unison’s Higher Education Service Group Executive (HESGE) are recommending that members reject the employers’ offer.
How does this affect you?
- The offer made by employers amounts to a real terms pay cut, inflation is higher than the 2% proposal
- We have had several years of below inflation pay rises and yet living costs continue to rise, this offer does not address this
- In the current climate, we are facing staff cuts in several areas of the University, which means we are facing an increase in workload without a meaningful pay increase
What happens next?
The Sheffield Hallam University Unison Branch will be running a consultative ballot which will be open for 3 weeks from Monday 9th July – Monday 30th July. This isn’t a ballot for industrial action; it is your chance to tell the branch what you think about the pay offer.
The more members that vote, the more accurately we can represent the views of this branch, so please look out for further details and do take part.