NATIONAL UNITY DEMONSTRATION AGAINST FASCISM AND RACISM SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER

We are seeing the biggest rise in support for fascism, the far right, racism, Islamophobia and Antisemitism since the 1930s.

Hate crime has spiked to unprecedented levels. Whilst fascists and racists are mobilising on a scale not seen for decades, the far-right movements are gaining power across the globe.

The election of Jair Bolsonaro marks an extremely serious point in the rise of the global far right. It came a day after the shocking antisemitic attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh, in which 11 people were killed.

The majority of society opposes fascism and racism, but we can only defeat it if we come together and take action.

The 17th November is our chance to show that in our thousands and millions we are proud of our diversity, and we stand united in our determination to drive back this toxic wave of hate.

The demonstration is initiated by Stand Up To Racism, co-sponsored by Unite Against Fascism and Love Music Hate Racism, officially backed by the TUC and Unite, whilst also supported by Diane Abbott MP, John McDonnell MP amongst others.

Our Branch has agreed to pay the cost for 5 tickets for members who wish to attend the demo – this is on a first come first served basis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RETIRED MEMBERS

Retired members

 Annual Branch Social

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

 

 

 

HE PAY BALLOT: HAVE YOU RETURNED YOUR VOTE

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 dan@unisonshu.org.uk

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

 

UNISON COURSES FOR MEMBERS

 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

To Apply

 Download an application form at:- http://www.unison-yorks.org.uk/education.html.  Application forms must then be approved by your branch; please email unisonadministrator@shu.ac.uk.

 

PRE-RETIREMENT WORKSHOP

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 unisonadministrator@shu.ac.uk

 

BRANCH WELFARE SCHEME

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 unisonadministrator@shu.ac.uk  with their name and we will get in touch.

MAKING YOUR VOICE HEARD for women in UNISON

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 j.turnbull@unison.co.uk

Cost £25.00 (expenses to be met by branches)

Creche can be provided on request