Welcome to the website of the Sheffield Hallam University branch of UNISON.
We represent administrative, professional, technical, clerical and manual staff at Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Hallam University Students’ Union. We aim to negotiate better terms and conditions, advise and support members who need help, and campaign for a fairer, safer workplace and society.
As a UNISON branch, we are part of one of Britain’s biggest trade unions, representing workers across all the public services.
On this site you can
- find out more about UNISON
- contact the Branch
- find out how to join UNISON
- read Branch news and information
- connect to other useful websites and sources of information
The Branch was saddened to learn of the tragic death from COVID-19 of one of our members who worked in the Facilities Management team. On behalf everyone in UNISON, the Branch Committee sends our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. Our thoughts are with you.
We understand that support has been provided to affected colleagues, but it may be helpful to remind everyone of the confidential helplines and other advice provided through the University’s Employee Assistance Scheme: https://sheffieldhallam.sharepoint.com/sites/3005/polproc/eap/SitePages/Home.aspx
Below are one day short courses offered free of charge by Northern College.
To apply visit https://www.northern.ac.uk/courses/short-courses/ and select “apply for a course online” and complete the online booking form. More information about each of these courses can be found on online.
Covid Awareness for Work
Covid Awareness for Work
Introduction to Cloud Computing
Keeping kids safe online
Covid Awareness for Work
When applying, please remember to select the box saying you are a UNISON Member.
November is young workers month and UNISON wants to hear directly from young workers on what support they need from their union <<read more>>
Last week you will all hopefully have received through the post a ballot paper for you to vote in OUR union’s General Secretary elections.
In a member-led union, UNISON encourages you to be heard and to have a say in who you think should be our next General Secretary.
SHU UNISON have nominated Paul Holmes for General Secretary because:
- Members of the Branch know him through his regional work in South Yorkshire:
- Paul has the best record of leadership and fighting for members.
- Paul is the members’ candidate, from the shop floor.
- Paul will take the job on his current wage of £32,000, declining the £138,000 available.
- Paul will massively increase funding to branches so we can support you better.
- Paul has a track-record of winning disputes and elections, other candidates do not.
- Paul’s leadership will be inclusive, developing talents from across our whole union and involving retired members.
- Paul is popular across UNISON and can win.
The Ballot will run from 28th October until 27th November 2020.
The ballot is postal-only. Make sure you vote!
This year our employers offered a 0% pay freeze to all staff in Higher Education. This isn’t just a freeze; it is a pay cut: bills will increase this year, but our wages will not.
UNISON and other Higher Education trade unions are unwilling to accept this “offer” and so you will be contacted in the coming weeks to consult as to whether you accept or reject the offer and would support sustained industrial action to push the employer to make a better offer.
If UNISON has your email address, you’ll be sent an email when the consultation opens.
Please check we have the right contact details for you at MyUNISON before 16th November 2020.
National Pay Bargaining in Other Sectors
To put into perspective what this means for members working in Higher Education, employees included in 262 national pay bargaining deals this year are getting a better pay rise than us. Just 42 are seeing a pay freeze. Below are figures relating to pay offers this year being offered in other sectors:
In the public sector:
- Council workers are all getting pay rises at different rates, which varies from around 2% (with more for the lowest paid). For example:
- Northampton Council staff – 4% offered with 6.2% for the lowest paid.
- Scottish Public Sector staff – 3% offered, with 4.1% for the lowest paid.
- 8.4% for the lowest paid at the Department for Education.
- Sport England staff – 2% offered.
- Police Service staff – 2.5% offered.
- Department for Work and Pensions staff – 2.5% offered.
- Dental staff – 2.8% offered.
In the private sector:
- Home Bargains staff – 15% offered over 2 years.
- Tata Steel staff – 6.5% offered.
- G4S staff – 6% offered.
Consultation on the Pay Offer
We believe all staff in Higher Education deserve a pay rise this year, especially when we consider all the hard work that staff have put in to keep the University running, from security staff working throughout the lockdown period, maintenance staff ensuring the campus is maintained to a high standard, admin and support staff ensuring that students are receiving enough support during this time and are able to register to their programmes, academic staff moving to online teaching and many more. We all deserve more than a pay cut.
Consultation of members starts on 3rd November and ends on 30th November
For more information go to: UNISON Higher Education Campaign Page
Are you suffering financially as a result of coronavirus?
From 16 November, you can apply to our COVID-19 response fund for a grant to help you during this difficult time. We have received generous grants from CHSA and UNISON which enable us to support members who are struggling.
See the financial assistance section for information.
Online applications will open on 16 November and can be accessed here – make a date in your diary to apply, as we expect this limited fund to be in high demand.
Read the full article here.
It seems with lockdown many of you are planning and booking your stay for 2021, so here is the 2021 availability fully bookable and at the same prices as regular 2020 rates.
Sold out virtually every night when open this year, so book early to make sure you don’t miss out on your holiday to Croyde!
There is a full no quibble COVID refund policy for any holidays that we cancel and that refund is usually processed within 3 days. We are able to offer a refund on holidays that are cancelled due to local lockdown mandates meaning you cannot leave your home or if you are forced to self isolate due to government instructions, if evidence is provided.
Petition launches to get COVID tests for all education staff
UNISON has launched an emergency petition calling on Matt Hancock for all education workers to be included as one of the groups named for priority COVID-19 testing.
It takes a whole team to keep schools, nurseries, colleges and universities running, but when the health secretary announced the list of workers that will be eligible for priority testing in England, in education, only ‘teaching staff’ were mentioned.
This completely ignores the fact that over half of the staff in education aren’t teachers.
Please sign – and share – the petition
As you may know already, Dave Prentis is retiring as UNISON general secretary at the end of the year, and an election is currently underway.
The prospective list of candidates for election as General Secretary are: Paul Holmes, Christina McAnea, Roger McKenzie, Hugo Pierre and Peter Sharma.
To get on the ballot, candidates must be nominated by at least 25 of UNISON’s 834 local branches who are participating in the election.
Our branch agreed at the branch committee on 9th September to hold a nomination meeting, which was scheduled for 16th September.
Seven members of the branch committee attended the meeting, and only one nomination (for Paul Holmes) was made. A vote was then held on whether our branch would nominate Paul Holmes as a candidate, the results were as follows:
The nominations process is now closed, and the general ballot of UNISON members will now run from October 28th to November 27th, with the result being announced on January 11th.