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Aberdeen Universities UNISON Branch is the recognised trade union for professional and support staff at the University of Aberdeen and the Robert Gordon University.

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Christmas Competition 2016 Results

21st December 2016

Christmas TreeThe branch held our prize draw for our fantastic Christmas Competition on on Monday and we're pleased to announce we now have our five prize winners for this year.

The prizes this year were:

  • an amazing Sony Playstation 4 1TB, with 3 games included and a £50 Amazon Voucher to expand your collection. 
  • our ever popular Dinner and a Show for Two (x2)
  • and Silent Night Christmas hampers (x2)

Our prize winners were drawn by our independent adjudicator on Monday and were:

  • First Prize:  Richard Milne
  • Second Prizes:  Liz Law & David Milne
  • Third Prizes:  Richard Massie & Kenneth Sadler

Christmas Spot The Difference AnswerOur competition this year was a spot the difference and members were asked to say how many differences there were between our two festive snowmen.  The options were five, six or seven.

There were a lot of eagle eyed people out there who got the right answer - the correct answer was SIX.

Congratulations to all our winners, and to everyone out there, have a Happy Christmas and New Year!

Categories: Benefits | Branch | Members


Branch Christmas Competition 2016

25th November 2016

Kindle Voyage Top PrizeOnce more we are running our fantastic Christmas Competition, which is open to members only for all our current UNISON members at both the Robert Gordon University and the University of Aberdeen.

Prizes this year are an amazing Sony Playstation 4 1TB, with 3 games included and a £50 Amazon Voucher to expand your collection. We'll also have our ever popular Dinner and a Show for Two, and Silent Night Christmas hampers.

We will be sending out competition entry forms by post, but it’s just as easy – and faster – to enter online instead:

Don’t leave it too late to send your entry - enter today!

Categories: Benefits | Branch | Members


Vote "YES" for Strike Action

1st September 2016

Vote Yes for Strike ActionUPDATE:  (Sept 2016) The result of the ballot was to only narrowly in favour of strike action.  The HE Executive therefore took the decision not to proceed with Industrial Action in this instance.

UNISON is balloting members in higher education, urging them to vote ‘Yes’ for strike action for better pay. The decision of the higher education  service group executive was taken following a consultation with branches. The employers have so far refused to increase their 1.1% offer for the majority of staff that also does not deliver the Living Wage for the lowest paid.

Make sure you VOTE in the ballot - papers are being sent direct to members homes.

The average pay rise for Vice Chancellors in 2014/15 was a whopping 6.1% rising to an average of £274,405!

UNISON has called the offer ‘deeply hypocritical’ - as staff are offered a miserly 1.1% to cover their rising household bills - while at the same Vice Chancellors have called for a 2.8% increase in tuition fees in England to cover University ‘costs’.

Despite low inflation, essential costs such as water bills, public transport and car parking have all gone up this year.

UNISON believes that an increase is affordable - money is available for a higher pay increase this year universities holding cash surpluses of nearly £21billion! And the need for our members is urgent.

The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales reported a total surplus of £60m, while the English funding body (HEFCE) reported in March 2016 a surplus of nearly £1.8bn! Scotland Universities posted a surplus of £166m and Northern Ireland had a surplus of £27m.

UNISON believes that universities can afford to improve on their miserly offer.

For more information see the Higher Education Pay 2016 website.

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