Ken Loach’s starkly moving film I, Daniel Blake was a hit with the public and critics alike when it was released in 2016, and recently won a Bafta for Best British Film. It tells the story of Daniel Blake, a joiner who suffers a heart attack and is plunged into the nightmarish and cruel bureaucracy of the UK benefits system.
Now we’re offering a chance to see the film for free, accompanied by insights from one of the stars of the film, Kate Rutter. See an interview with Kate.
Here are the details:
Tuesday 5 April
The Void, Owen Building floor 0
Doors 5pm, film starts 5.30pm
Free but donations to the Trussell Trust welcome
The event is free to UNISON members. Spaces are limited so you must book your place.
Pre-retirement workshops – spaces available
Are you retiring or considering retiring in the next 18 months? Join our workshop and prepare for the next stage of your life.
Learn how to
- create your own path from the world of work to the world of retirement
- identify changes in 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 retirement
We have spaces available at the following pre-retirement workshops.
Friday, 28 April 2017
Friday, 8 December 2017
Both workshops run from 9.30am to 4.30pm in Leeds.
If you’re interested in attending, please email T.Shearer@unison.co.uk
Report by Tracey Holland and Lucinda Wakefield
Like all UK universities, at Sheffield Hallam we have many members of staff from across the EU.
Since the referendum last year, there has been a great deal of uncertainty for EU citizens living and working in the UK. We don’t know what the outcomes of the Brexit negotiations will be, but UNISON will continue to campaign for the right of EU citizens to remain here.
In the meantime, we have created a booklet providing practical help to UNISON members whose right to live and work in the UK is dependent on their citizenship of another EU country.
Join UNISON branches from around Yorkshire to march through Leeds to demand proper funding for our NHS.
On the day, we will be meeting outside the Leeds Civic Hall (on Millennium Square) at 11am (a 10-minute walk from the train station) to be at the start of the march at 11:30am. After the march, we will be going for refreshments at one of the many pubs in Leeds.
Commenting on the Spring Budget UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:
“For almost a decade nurses, teaching assistants, town hall staff and others in the public sector have had their wages frozen or been given minuscule pay rises.
“These are the people keeping the NHS, schools and local communities afloat in tough times. The pay boost for Westminster politicians should’ve signalled a decent pay rise for the rest of the public sector, especially with inflation almost double the one per cent cap.
“But without a mention from the Chancellor, public service employees will be feeling they’re the forgotten part of the ‘jam’ generation. Most are not managing at all. read the full article
Every year, we mark International Workers’ Memorial Day by drawing attention to the horrendous number of workers killed or injured while doing their jobs. In the UK alone, around 50,000 people die every year from work-related illnesses and accidents, and many more suffer ill health and injuries. For many of our members, stress is the biggest concern, often caused by overwork. Others are at greater risk because of who they are: workplace equality can be as important as robust health and safety measures in ensuring the welfare of all. Everyone should take health and safety seriously, and look out for vulnerable colleagues.
Your Union is active in helping to keep everyone safe. We are represented on the University’s Health, Safety and Welfare committee, and stewards are trained to deal with health and safety issues locally. Advice and support is available from Will Tierney, our new Health and Safety Officer, but also from UNISON expertise at local and national level.
For more information, and for details on how you can mark the day yourself, visit these links:Remember the Dead and Fight for the Living on this year’s International Workers Memorial Day
Details of this year’s local activities are yet to be finalised – in the past there has usually been a rally outside the Town Hall to mark a minute’s silence from 12pm – but we will keep you informed as and when information becomes available.
A BIT OF HISTORY:
The American AFL-CIO union was the first to declare 28th April “Workers’ Memorial Day”, in 1970. The day has been an international labour movement event since 1989, and was introduced to Britain in 1992.
UNISON, alongside the other unions at SHU, has agreed changes to the “Right to Request Flexible Working” policy.
The law gives employees a “right to request” changes to their working pattern in order to help balance work and home life. Although there is no legal right to have a request granted automatically, it must be considered seriously. Sheffield Hallam’s policy is that managers should view requests positively and try to accommodate requests where feasible, subject to business need.
Staff can exercise their legal right to request flexible working at any time, but for many years University policy has encouraged staff who want to work flexibly to discuss this informally with their manager. Often, the desired changes can be agreed without the need to submit a formal request under the legislation. However, the current policy requires that if the changes being requested constitute a contractual change (a change in hours, for example) – as they often would – then a formal application has to be made, even if the line manager supports the request.
The newly revised policy, agreed through discussions with UNISON and the other unions, will enable a flexible working request to be approved by a line manager even if the change is contractual (so long as the line manager is authorised to do so). In other words, where staff can reach agreement with their manager there will usually no longer be any need to submit a formal application . Of course, if agreement cannot be reached informally, staff will still be able to exercise their formal “right to request” by making an application under the legislative framework.
This change will save time, reduce unnecessary bureaucracy and paperwork, and should make the process of requesting flexible working a much less onerous and anxious one for our members.
For advice on the policy, or on making a request, contact your local steward or UNISON contact.
At the time of writing, the revised flexible working policy has not yet been uploaded to the intranet (https://portal.shu.ac.uk/departments/HRD/polproc/flex/Pages/home.aspx), but this should happen soon.