UNISON representatives can help and advise on a wide range of issues and we try to resolve cases informally where possible, but we also represent members with formal procedures. Below are a few examples of how we have helped members at Sheffield Hallam University.
- A female member of staff returning from maternity leave requested a job share. There was no obvious business rationale to refuse it but the manager of the area thought it was inappropriate. We used the grievance procedure to take a case which was supported by a senior manager, and the member of staff was able to secure a jobshare arrangement.
- A member of staff was suffering harassment from their line manager, in the form of inappropriate comments. Using the Problem Resolution Framework we took up the case on her behalf and eventually the manager was moved to another area.
- A member of staff was facing dismissal via the capability procedures. Through union intervention, we argued that a proper induction programme had not been devised and inadequate support and training given. The case succeeded and the member of staff was subsequently given appropriate levels of support. The member of staff concerned is still in the University, and has since gained several promotions.