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.

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

 

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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UNISON TO CONSIDER NATIONAL EMPLOYER’S FINAL PAY OFFER 2016/17 FOR HE

Employers also offer further joint work on gender pay and casualisation

University employers have made a final offer of 1.1% increase on all points from 1 August 2016, with additional payments at the lower end of the pay spine.

This offer includes the deletion of point 1 to be implemented by 1 April 2017, and an increase of 3.1% on point 2 with tapered higher increases through to 1.6% on point 7 from 1 August 2016 (see table below).

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LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES UNIVERSITY AGREES TO PAY LIVING WAGE

John Moores joins ‘growing number’ of universities gaining accreditation as living wage employers

UNISON has welcomed the news that Liverpool John Moores University has become an accredited living wage employer.

The university, which employs around 2,500 staff, received accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation after committing itself to paying permanent employees and third-party contractors at least the living wage £8.25 an hour.

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HIGHER EDUCATION: PAY SURVEY

Are you struggling to make ends meet?

UNISON, the largest trade union for support staff workers in higher education, improves the lives of  members, both at work and at home.
In order to make this year’s campaign for decent pay as successful as possible, and to represent you at work we need a clearer picture of what is happening in your workplace.

Take part in our survey at surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HEPAY2016 to keep us informed.

 

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UNISON CAMPAIGN FOR THE UK TO STAY IN EUROPE

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UNISON is to campaign for the UK to stay part of the European Union, and will be encouraging its 1.3 million members to vote remain on 23 June.

The decision was taken today (Wednesday) at a meeting of the union’s governing NEC, and follows an extensive UK-wide consultation and survey across UNISON’s branches.

The fear that Brexit would mean the loss of the many workplace rights – parental leave, paid holiday, protection for part-timers and limits on excessive hours – that UK employees have come to take for granted is the most important issue in the coming referendum, according to UNISON’s overwhelmingly female membership.

Concern over what might happen to those employment rights should the UK vote to leave the EU was closely followed by worries about the plight of the country’s public services if Britain opted to go it alone.

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UNISON – MORE THAN 73,000 PEOPLE CALL ON MPS TO DEBATE LGPS PLANS

Please sign and pass on – we need 100,000!

Sign the UNISON promoted petition urging Parliament to debate plans giving ministers power to tell members pension funds where to invest their money:

Click here https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/125475

73,000+ people signed the UNISON’s parliamentary petition calling for MPs to debate government plans to tell local government pension funds that they have to invest members’ money in infrastructure projects.

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HE UNIONS REJECT INITIAL PAY OFFER FOR 2016-17

Employers’ initial offer to higher education unions does not include the living wage.

The five higher education trade unions have rejected an initial pay offer from the employers and urged them to improve it before the next meeting.

The unions met UCEA, the employers’ representative body, on 21 March – the first of the 2016-17 pay negotiation meetings.

The trade unions presented a joint claim and the employers responded with an opening offer.

This offer included a 1% increase on all pay points, as well as a statement that the employer has a genuine interest in exploring whether all sides can agree joint work on reducing both the gender pay gap and casual work in the sector.

The joint unions rejected this proposal, which does not address areas such as the living wage, and urged the employer to improve the offer before the next meeting, which is scheduled for 28 April.

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