If you haven’t used your vote, don’t worry there is still time! The ballot closes on the 30th October.
Following the consultative ballot on the pay offer UNISON is now formally balloting members on strike action in pursuit of the pay claim. Members of Unite and UCU are also being balloted. In line with the law the ballot must be conducted by post and 50% of eligible UNISON members must participate for a majority vote for action to be valid. Therefore every vote counts!
The employers’ final offer was 1.8% for most staff, however the unions asked for 3% UNISON says that this is not good enough and that’s why we are recommending a vote for strike action.
Our employer has now opted to impose the pay award of 1.8% for most staff, this does not mean that we have to accept the situation as it stands. If you believe that this is not good enough then use your vote to send that message.
You can use the UNISON pay calculator to see how much the value of your pay has declined since 2009. Go to: https://tinyurl.com/shupaycalc (scroll to the bottom of the page to find the calculator).
Stand Up To Racism has launched a statement for a major campaign to defend EU migrants rights in the wake of a racist attack by Boris Johnson’s cabinet, signed by Diane Abbott, Alf Dubs, several trade union leaders, MPs, MEPs, local politicians, faith group leaders and anti racist activists and published in the Guardian.
Locally we want to gather as many signatures and to put this statement in the local press. We are asking our supporters to help by:
Signing the statement online HERE.
Download the statement as a petition HERE to use in workplaces, colleges and communities.
‘This is not a single-generation job. It’s humanity’s job….Let’s all join together, with your neighbours, co-workers, friends, family and go out on to the streets to make your voices heard and make this a turning point in our history’ – Greta Thunberg and 46 youth activists from the International movement.
On 20th September young people across the globe not only continued their monthly strike action (inspired by the environmental activist Greta Thunberg), but called on all workers, trade unionists, community groups and adults to join them as part of a massive global day of action. Millions of people from Sydney to Manila, Dhaka to London and New York marched for urgent action by world leaders on climate breakdown. This just 3 days before the UN emergency climate summit.
Five thousand joined the students here in Sheffield, with the branch joining the march through Sheffield along Arundel Gate to the City Hall. There were speakers from Sheffield Trades Council, Sheffield Climate Alliance, Sheffield Stand Up to racism, but it was the voices of the young and future workers that dominated the rally and inspired many to join them in their stand against the inertia of those in power, demanding a climate emergency an calling for action to be taken now.
Sheffield Hallam University Branch sent the following message of support to those young people who took to the streets:
“Sheffield Hallam University UNISON Branch sends solidarity to all the young people around the world striking today. Above all else you have shown great strength in creating a wave of urgency and resistance that has shown the way in the struggle against this climate crisis. It is time for all trade unionists, workers and everyone on this planet to join you in calling ‘time out’ to all those in power who continue to ignore you. Together, we can build a better world.”
We will be sending out more information as to future activities from our branch around the climate emergency. If you are interested in getting involved please contact Lucinda Wakefield at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sexual harassment isn’t just a problem for celebrities. It’s happening in ordinary workplaces everywhere. It affects us too.
UNISON joins the TUC and more than 30 other organisations in calling on the government to take immediate action on sexual harassment in the workplace.
UNISON offers a free standard wills service for members and their partners (if doing a mirror will). We also offer reduced rates for members’ complex wills.
The simplest way to obtain your will is to use our bespoke on line wills service.
UNISON’s online wills service is very straightforward to use, just complete the online questionnaire. The questionnaire with its online guidance will carefully take you through the process.
We have also negotiated a low-cost wills service for members and their families.
To be eligible for this workshop members must be due to retire within the next 12-18 months.
9.30am – 4.30pm, Wednesday 4 December 2019. Venue in Leeds tbc.
The Workshop will make you aware of your choices and aid you in your decision making
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 retirementAt True Bearing Chartered we can provide you with comprehensive independent financial advice to improve your financial security.
- Please complete an application form which can be downloaded from our website at:-
Please remember to add the following additional information to your application form where possible:-
- Name of Employer
- Name of Pension Provider
- Date of Retirement
- Length of Service
Cost to Branches: £10 so please forward your completed application form to your branch for approval mailto:email@example.com
(Please note that places are limited so this will be confirmed applicants directly)
Saturday 19th October
9.30 till 16.30
173-177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
Johnson, Trump & The International Far-right: How do we unite to defeat them?
Speakers include: Gary Younge, Journalist • Miguel Roldan, Spanish firefighter • Louise Raw, author • Richard Burgon MP • Emma Dent Coad MP • Alex Mayer MEP • Claude Moraes MEP • Julie Ward MEP • Jean Lambert, Green Party • Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary • Kevin Courtney Joint General Secretary NEU • Tony Kearns Deputy General Secretary (postal) CWU • Jane Loftus, CWU Vice President • Nita Sanghera UCU Vice President • Anas Altikriti, Muslim Association of Britain • Ged Grebby, Show Racism the Red Card Chief Executive • Mohammed Kozbar, Finsbury Park Mosque Chairman • Unmesh Desai, GLA Member, Labour, City and East London • Damien Gayle, Journalist • Ben Chacko, Morning Star editor • Rakhia Ismail, Islington Councillor • Gerry Gable, Editor/Publisher, Searchlight • Sabby Dhalu and Weyman Bennett, Stand Up To Racism
- Challenging the rise of racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism
- Windrush, Grenfell, deaths in custody – The fight for justice
- Reporting racism – The media and the growth of racist ideas
- Solidarity forever – Refugees and migrants welcome here
- A coordinated international movement against Trumpism & the far-right
- Love Music Hate Racism – culture & the anti-racist movement
- Fighting Islamophobia in the age of Boris Johnson
SHU UNISON Branch has passed a motion supporting the conference and have agreed to pay for two delegates from the branch to attend (paying for tickets and transport down – there is a Sheffield coach going down)
If you would like to attend please email both Lucinda Wakefield ( firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ana Yousaf (email@example.com) as soon as possible so that we can book tickets and coach seats in good time.
Return to Learn Taster Workshop – Monday 12 August 2019
at Commerce House, Leeds
Cost to Branches: FREE
Women’s Lives Taster Workshop – Friday 16 August 2019
at Commerce House, Leeds
Cost to Branches: FREE
Both sessions run from 10am – 3pm with lunch
There is no charge to the branch for these Workshops. The cost of the workshop will be paid by our National Officeand on this occasion the Region has agreed to cover any travel expenses.
The course is designed for members who want to ease themselves back into learning. We are offering members the opportunity to attend a one day taster workshop to find out more about the courses, boost your confidence and engage with exciting and fun activities