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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


3rd May 2019

May Day Events - March & BBQ!

May Day International Workers’ Day
Aberdeen March & Rally

4th May 11:00am-12:30pm
Start at Rubislaw Terrace Gardens
to march down Union Street for rally at Castlegate

May Day March
Come along for the march or the rally!

If you’d be able to help out and
carry the UNISON branch banner just contact us and let us know!

Young Members, LGBT &
Straight Allies Summer BBQ

4th May 12:30pm-4pm
Grampian Resource Centre
7 Alford Place, Aberdeen


 

 

Categories: Events | Members


14th March 2019

Livingston Designer Outlet Coach Trip

Livingstone Designer OutletUNISON Aberdeen Universities branch has organised a FREE day trip on Saturday 27th April to Livingston Designer Outlet for branch members. Members may also bring along a guest as well!

With over 70 boutiques, restaurants and cafés, Livingston Designer Outlet isn’t merely Scotland’s largest Designer Outlet. They have a wide range of stores, offering something to suit every taste. Highlights range from iconic fashion brands, including Fred Perry Kurt Geiger, Lacoste and Tommy Hilfiger, athletic labels like Nike and Adidas, and high-street favourites like M&S and Next.

We'll have two pickups on the morning of Saturday 27th April departing from:

  • Kings College, University of Aberdeen departing at 8am, and
  • SIWB, Robert Gordon University Garthdee departing at 8.30am
  • Returning at 5pm for arrival back to Aberdeen at about 8pm.

For more information about the venue, see the Livingston Designer Outlet website.  To book your place (please note only UNISON branch members may book), please use our Ticketsource booking form:

Book now

Have you booked already, but lost your e-Ticket? 
Please go to the Ticketsource website where you can request they are resent to you.

Categories: Events | Members | Benefits | Branch


25th February 2019

Lesbian Day of Visibility - Can You Help?

Lesbian Day of VisibilityWhy is Lesbian Day of Visibility important for the LGBT+ community?

I am the Chair of the Rainbow Network at Robert Gordon University(RGU).   We are a staff network who aim to promote LGBT+ diversity in the workplace. Our next event is for Lesbian Visibility Day, on 26th April 2019. 

This April we are planning with the Women’s Network at Robert Gordon University to celebrate and raise awareness of lesbian communities and culture.  This is the first time that we have organised an event on this day and we are looking for lesbian/gay woman role models to be featured in a poster display.

We would like to profile your story and send a strong message to the staff and students in the RGU community about why it is important to be a visible gay women.  If you would like to be part of this exciting initiative please:

Thanks in advance!

Hamish Walker
Rainbow Network Co-ordinator

Categories: LGBT | Events | Members


21st January 2019

Winter Fuel Grants

Winter fuel grants 2018-19

What are UNISON There for You Winter Fuel Grants?

In addition to our normal range of services and in response to the growing difficulty many members on low income are experiencing paying their fuel bills, a programme has been put in place that will assist our most vulnerable members.

How much are the Grants?

They are one-off grants of up to £60 per household.

Am I eligible?
  • You must be a UNISON member and have paid 4 weeks subscriptions before the launch date of this programme (3/12/18)
  • Have a total net annual household income of £18,000 or less. (Note: By ‘net income’ we mean all salary including your partner's after tax, national insurance, superannuation and trade union subscriptions only. Your calculation should include any Tax Credits, Universal Credit or child maintenance received. Do not include Child Benefit, the childcare element of Working Tax Credit, Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment.
  • You are responsible for meeting the household fuel bills and are struggling financially
Is there anything else that may affect my entitlement to apply?
  • You and your partner (if applicable) must not have combined savings, or rolling bank balance, of more than £800.
  • You must not have received financial assistance from UNISON There for You during the previous six months (excluding School Uniform Grant)
  • Applications are limited to one per household and priority is given to those who have not previously applied for the Winter fuel grant
How do I apply?

To apply for a Winter Fuel Grant simply:

  • Print out and complete the short 1-page application form from our website www.unison.org.uk/thereforyou ; or
  • Contact UNISON Direct on 0800 0857 857 between 6am-midnight Monday-Friday and 9am-4pm Saturday for a form to be posted to you
For more information:

See our website at https://www.unison.org.uk/news/article/2018/12/winter-fuel-grants/

Categories: Members | Benefits


21st December 2018

Branch Christmas Competition 2018 - 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 MSI GL62M Gaming Laptop, with NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics and Intel Core processor. 
  • 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 Wednesday and were:

  • First Prize:  Raymond Reid
  • Second Prizes:  Lyn Mair & Craig Wilson
  • Third Prizes:  Spencer Bartholomew & Enohi Ibekwe

Christmas Maze AnswerOur 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: Spinning Top, B: Teddy Bear or C: Wheely Dog.

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

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

Categories: Benefits | Information | Members


7th December 2018

Branch Christmas Competition 2018

MSI Gaming LaptopOnce 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 MSI Gaming Laptop. 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: Benefits | Branch | Members


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