WHO WRITES YOUR JOB REFERENCE?

Did you know that if you request a reference from your manager at Sheffield Hallam when applying for another job, it might not actually be them that completes it?

And if you are asked for a reference by one of your team members, make sure you follow our HR procedures.

All employer references must be completed by HR, not by members of staff across the University. Personal references are different – see the full guidance on the HR website.

UNISON RETIRED MEMBERS OFFER

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.

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Download your retired membership application form here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CO-OPERATIVE BANK: IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS

The Co-op Bank and UNISON relationship ended on 30 September 2015 and the run-off period for the migration of personal individual accounts ends on 28 January 2016.

Members who have a personal UNISON product Co-operative Bank account have been sent a letter from the bank informing them of their options to close or migrate their account.

Members with a UNISON Britannia mortgage account opened before 25 February 1999 will continue to receive the standard variable rate discount of 0.25% for the life of the mortgage with the bank (excludes offset savings and lifetime tracker deals).

All other UNISON mortgage account customers will continue to receive the standard variable rate discount of 0.25% until further notice.

The bank’s contact numbers for related enquiries are:

  • for existing mortgage enquiries contact 0808 156 2832;
  • for existing savings enquiries contact 0800 132 304.

UNISON THERE FOR YOU – WINTER FUEL GRANTS 2016

WORRIED ABOUT PAYING YOUR WINTER FUEL BILL?

With rising fuel costs and another cold winter looming many members on low income are worried about how they’re going to pay their winter fuel bills.

Help is on hand

‘There for You’ has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low income by way of a one-off payment of £40.

To apply, download the application form or visit unison.org.uk/thereforyou.  Alternatively, call UNISONdirect on 0800 0857 857 or simply contact your UNISON branch office.  Everyone that applies will receive a booklet giving information about other help that may be available and how to reduce your fuel costs in the future. The Q&A  also provides further information. 

Closing date for receipt of applications is 23 February 2016. 

 

WELFARE SCHEME FOR MEMBERS

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