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26th March 2020

There for You - Financial Support for Members

There for You - Supporting UNISON Members when Life Gets Tough
With the current COVID-19 crisis many members are finding themselves struggling to cope.  We'd like to remind members of UNISON's welfare charity, There for You, which provides a vital service to members experiencing financial and emotional difficulties.

All members can contact There for You directly, which provides a confidential advice and support service for members and their dependants.  Members who are experiencing financial difficulties can also apply for a Financial Assistance grant, and also receive help and advice with regard to applying for benefits you may be eligible to claim.  For a full list of services provided go to the website here:

https://www.unison.org.uk/get-help/services-support/there-for-you/

At this time, branches have also been asked to support the charity with donations, and the Aberdeen Universities branch committee have agreed a donation of £1,000 to UNISON Welfare from branch funds to help support those members most in need.

If you are dealing with an emergency situation – either linked to COVID-19 or other financial pressures – and you have no money at all, call 020 7121 5620 and leave a message. During these unprecedented times, members can apply to There for You directly for an emergency payment.

For other support and application forms for financial assistance see the There for You website linked above.  Forms can be submitted electronically.

Categories: Benefits | Members


20th March 2020

UNISON Coronavirus Information

We understand this is a difficult time for everyone and that you may have queries or need support.   

We have been engaging with both Universities throughout this period and they have created FAQ areas which should answer the majority of queries:

The main item to highlight is that both Universities have committed that staff will suffer no detriment financially during this uncertain time and we will all continued to be paid.  

If you have a query that is not answered on the University website and you are not sure who to contact, please contact us and we will engage with the relevant departments to find an answer for you.

Please stay safe everyone and follow the guidelines issued with regard to COVID-19.

Categories: Members


10th February 2020

UNISON Branch AGM 2020

It's now time for the branch Annual General Meeting, and this year we'll be repeating our split AGM format across both Universities.  The AGM will be held on two days at lunchtimes, with one meeting at RGU and the other at UofA.  Please make every effort to come along to one of them.

Refreshments will be provided from 12 noon and the AGM meetings will start at 12.30pm.

University of Aberdeen

Monday 2nd March 2020: 12 noon – 1.30pm (for 12.30pm start)
Room 224 in the Sir Duncan Rice Library

Robert Gordon University

Tuesday 3rd March 2020: 12 noon – 1.30pm (for 12.30pm start)
Room 213 in Aberdeen Business School

Papers and agendas will be sent out to members in advance of the meetings.  Please also ensure you complete and submit any nomination forms for stewards and branch officers prior to the meeting.

Categories: AGM | Members


16th December 2019

Branch Christmas Competition 2019 - Results

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

The prizes this year were:

  • an amazing Apple iPad Pro (10.5" WiFi 256Gb) Space Grey.
  • our ever popular Dinner and a Show for Two (x2)
  • and our Luxury Christmas hampers (x2)

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

  • First Prize:  Janice Forsyth
  • Second Prizes:  Margaret Price & Gavin Murison
  • Third Prizes:  Jayne Marooth & Liz Law

Our competition this year was a maze members were asked to help Rudolph find his way through to get his Christmas present.  The options were A: Teddy Bear, B: Wheely Duck or C: Helicopter.

There were a lot of maze runners out there who got the right answer - the correct answer was A: Teddy Bear.

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

Categories: Benefits | Branch | Members


22nd November 2019

Branch Christmas Competition 2019

Apple iPad ProOnce 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 Apple iPad Pro 10.5", 256GB. We'll also have our ever popular Dinner and a Show for Two, and 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: Branch | Members


20th September 2019

Vote NOW for Better Pay!

 
Vote YES for Strike Action - Have your say on HE Pay
 

Why you should vote YES
for strike action...

The offer is a real terms pay cut
  - The pay offer just 1.8% (with lowest paid staff between 1.8 and 3.65%)
 
- Find out how much you have lost using our PAY CALCULATOR

Our pay claim was much higher than the offer
  - The joint union claim was for 3% +RPI, or a minimum increase of £3,349

UNISON believes we should reject the offer and vote YES for strike action

Your ballot papers should be with you already - if you haven't received them please contact UNISONDirect on 0800 0 857 857

 EVERY VOTE COUNTS 

 We need the strongest possible mandate to show the employers the strength of feeling about the pay cuts in HE 

Also, under new Tory legislation, over 50% of members eligible to vote must return their ballot for the vote to be valid.  Don't leave it to one side - return it immediately!

Make sure all your friends and colleagues vote YES for strike action.

 
 

Categories: Ballot | Campaigns | Pay


22nd May 2019

Vote NOW in the HE Pay Ballot 2019

Vote now in the HE Pay Ballot
 

Why you should vote to REJECT the pay offer...

Staff in our world-class university system deserve a decent pay rise. You’re certainly due one as the value of your pay has not kept up with the cost of living.

That’s why UNISON, along with the other unions, has pushed hard to get a decent pay rise for all staff working in higher education. UNISON has also been calling for a £10 per hour minimum rate of pay and for all universities to become Living Wage Foundation accredited.

But your employer won’t stump up. Instead they’re offering a rise that falls short. University employers have offered the majority of the staff a rise of 1.8% with lower paid staff being offered between 1.82% and 3.65%. Full details can be found at unison.org.uk/payupnowforHE

We need to demonstrate right now that staff aren’t willing to accept another inadequate pay rise that doesn’t keep up with rising costs, or catch up with the pay you’ve already lost. We are consulting all UNISON members working in higher education across the UK.

Are you willing to take strike action to show your employer your goodwill has been stretched far enough, and that you deserve a proper pay rise?

UNISON’s higher education service group executive recommend that you reject the pay offer in the consultation, to campaign for an improved pay deal.

 EVERY VOTE COUNTS 

 We need the strongest possible mandate to show the employers the strength of feeling about the pay cuts in HE 

Make sure all your friends and colleagues vote to REJECT the pay offer.

 
 

Categories: Consultation | Members | Pay


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