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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: Benefits | Branch | Events | Members


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: Events | LGBT | 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: Benefits | Members


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


26th May 2018

UNISON at Grampian Pride

Today saw the first Grampian Pride march down Union Street in Aberdeen which had hundreds of people proudly raising their rainbow flags and enjoying the sunshine in an inspiring event by the LGBT+ community, joined by their friends and allies from all walks of life.

Our new LGBT branch officers, Craig and Hamish were there along with other branch members in support of the event - it was a beautiful day full of beautiful people - we look forward to next year!  See our facebook gallery for more photos of the event.

Categories: Branch | Information | Members


19th April 2018

HE Unions Reject Initial Pay Offer

We're Worth ItHigher education unions, including UNISON, and employers are due to meet again to discuss this year’s pay rise on 10 May.

At the last meeting on Friday 13 April, higher education employers offered to increase pay by 1.7%, or £325 a year (full-time equivalent), whichever is higher.

The joint trade unions replied that university workers need a larger increase.

UNISON head of higher education Donna Rowe-Merriman commented by pointing out that “universities could eradicate low pay in the sector if all employers agreed to become living wage accredited.

“In addition,” she said, “employers need to act now to ensure that salaries keep up with rising prices.”

Friday’s meeting also saw both discussions taking place on non-pay elements of the joint trade union claims, including the gender pay gap and casual employment contracts, and setting up a Scottish joint national council for higher education.

Categories: Members | Pay


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