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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

CHILCOT REPORT: UNISON STATEMENT

Joint statement from general secretary Dave Prentis and president Eric Roberts

With the publication of the Chilcot inquiry report on Britain’s involvement in the Iraq war, UNISON has commented with a joint statement by general secretary Dave Prentis and president Eric Roberts.

It reads:

“After seven long years, the Chilcot inquiry into the invasion of Iraq has published its report.

“UNISON opposed the invasion, believing that it was both based on the false premise of Iraq holding weapons of mass destruction and was illegal without a vote in the UN Security Council.

“After the invasion, it soon became apparent that neither the UK nor US governments had a post-invasion strategy; leading to years of instability, civil war and terrorism which continue today, 13 years later.

“More people died in the years after than during the invasion itself.

“UNISON expects that those who took the decision to invade, while failing to adequately plan for the future, should be held accountable for their actions.

“The families of British soldiers and the tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians deserve nothing less than justice.”

PROTECT YOUR PENSION – SIGN THE PETITION!

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Nearly 85,000 people like you have already signed the LGPS parliamentary petition. Please take 30 seconds to add your signature to theirs.

 

What’s the problem?

The government has announced plans to force individual Local Government Pension Scheme funds to invest in UK infrastructure projects. This is instead of direct government funding of important projects – even if it doesn’t give the best return for LGPS members’ pensions.

UNISON is not against LGPS funds investing in infrastructure, but we believe that investment decisions should be made by the fund managers and their members, not government ministers.

Such a significant change to your pension funds should be debated in parliament.

Our records show you are a member of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), so you might be interested to know that if we get 100,000 signatures by September we will have the opportunity for a debate in the House of Commons.

Five million people like you rely on the Local Government Pension Scheme to pay their pension.

This is why UNISON has launched the petition calling for a parliamentary debate and is asking you, as a scheme member, to add your name today.

Jon Richards
UNISON national secretary (pensions)

Sign the petition

P.S. Find out more about UNISON and pensions and about your LGPS pension.

UNISON STATEMENT ON THE EU REFERENDUM RESULT

The people have spoken, and they have made a clear call for change – and a different relationship with Europe.

We will be working in the coming weeks and months to hold the leave campaigners to the promises they’ve made – that there will be more money for the NHS, and that our rights at work will remain intact.

But this also has to be a time for our country to heal. At its best the campaign has enabled genuine debate and discussion in our homes, workplaces and communities about the future of the economy and the kind of country we want to live in.

At its worst, the campaign has been typified by hatred, vitriol and misinformation that have done a huge disservice to our democracy and values.

Over the coming weeks and months, all political leaders must think about how to address the issues that people in our communities care most about – falling incomes, insecure jobs, unaffordable housing and the huge challenges facing our public services after more than half a decade of cuts.

ADD YOUR NAME TO THE CALL FOR EU CITIZEN’S RIGHT TO REMAIN

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UNISON stands with all those who have a right to work in this country and will continue to defend their right to do so – Dave Prentis

Theresa May has said that the future for EU migrants living in the UK is uncertain and up for negotiation in Brexit talks.

The UNISON-supported HOPE not hate campaign is backing a call from the British Future think tank for every candidate to become Conservative Party leader to make a clear commitment that EU migrants currently living in the UK are welcome to stay here.

The union is urging members and others to sign a letter making this call, which will be delivered to all five Conservative leadership candidates read more>>

Add your name to the letter

 

EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT

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Syd Shelton

Exhibition continues until 3 September 2016

However you voted last week, today the values of tolerance and optimism are more important than ever. Be inspired by Syd Shelton’s exhibition, charting the groundbreaking movement formed by musicians and political activists to fight racism through music.

Read more about the exhibition in interviews with Syd Shelton on BBC Arts and Creative Review, or hear more about Rock Against Racism every Saturday on BCB 106.6 fm, with a series of special programmes about the movement every week at 4pm. Click here to read more

FLASHBACK

Call for Rock Against Racism memories

Do you remember Rock Against Racism?

We are calling out for contributions to FLASHBACK, a collection of people’s stories, memories, photographs and memorabilia of the Rock Against Racism movement. We’ve already had some fantastic memorabilia submitted for our digital scrapbook and fast-expanding display in the gallery. Have you shared your memories yet?

Click here to read more and contribute your memories

STRIKE ACTION BY UCU MEMBERS 25 AND 26 MAY 2016

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Defend HE Teach-In (free lunch provided) 12pm -1 in the University of Sheffield Students’ Union, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TG. More information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/275322069482033/

SHU PG Open Day leafleting 3.45 – 5 in Hallam Square (the amphitheatre outside Owen)

Thursday

Lobbying of the Vice Chancellor’s installation service 1.30 outside the Cathedral. More information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1736515149899981/

 

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IS THE UNIVERSITY LETTING DOWN ITS STAFF?

A personal view from SRD shop steward Phil Henshaw

The University makes it clear it wants to be a supportive employer and to provide staff with support, guidance and online resources to make sure their physical, mental and social wellbeing needs are met throughout their career at the university.

Most staff will not experience problems where they need the support of the employer, but recent cases taken up by UNISON suggest that when they do they can feel isolated and unsupported, almost as though they have to battle with the institution whilst they try to address their issues.

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RETIRED MEMBERS CONFERENCE

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UNISON Retired Members’ Conference 2016 will be held at the Southport Convention Centre from 12.00 noon on Tuesday 4 October to 4pm Wednesday 5 October 2016.

To be able to attend this conference as a delegate you must be a current retired member of UNISON.

If you are interested in attending this conference please email unisonadministrator@shu.ac.uk for further details.