UNISON has repeatedly called for an independent and thorough investigation into what really happened at the “Battle of Orgreave” during the miners’ strike.
The official version of events – put forward by the police – was that the miners were to blame for the violence that erupted that day, and that the police were acting in self-defence. But we in the labour movement have always known that wasn’t the real story.
Women with children face a wider gender pay gap, says a new report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
In the 12 years after a woman returns to work after having a baby, the gender pay gap increases until they are 33% behind their male colleagues, on average.
Recruitment and Retention
Saturday 15th October 2016 – 10.00 pm to .4.00 pm
The training will aim to cover :-
Confidence in public speaking
The Race Protocol
Managing Stress/Relaxation Techniques
UNISON (Regional Office)
Lunch and Crèche’ will be provided. Please indicate if you have any dietary requirements. Crèche places must be booked in advance.
If any members wish to attend, please contact Joanne Ward firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
Deadline to register to attend the training is 10th October 2016.
Cost to Branch: £25.00
Travel expenses will be covered by the branch.
Transport to the national demonstration on Sunday 2 October from Sheffield:
Coaches will depart at 9:30am from The Hubs, Paternoster Row, S1 2QQ
Tickets: £12 Waged / £6 Unwaged
To book please email: email@example.com or 07941 332 993
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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.
UNISON national secretary (pensions)
Sign the petition
P.S. Find out more about UNISON and pensions and about your LGPS pension.
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)
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/
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).
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.
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.
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