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16th March 2016

EU Referendum Consultation

The National Executive Council (NEC) has launched a consultation of UNISON Branches about the European Union (EU) Referendum taking place on 23rd June 2016. The information collected from the consultation will be used to assist the National Executive Council in taking any policy and campaign decisions on the EU referendum in the run up to the referendum date.

UNISON wants to ensure that members’ voices are heard in this important debate. To help with the branch consultation UNISON has provided an Information for Members pack on the EU referendum. This will help members and branches understand more clearly what the issues and implications are when debating whether the UK should stay in or leave the EU and the impact of any decision on UK workers and trade unionists.

Branch members have been emailed a consultation survey.  If you haven't received a copy please contact us, and we'll send you one.  The branch consultation is running until 31st March 2016.

Categories: Branch | Consultation | Members


1st March 2016

UNISON Branch AGM 2016

It's now time for the branch Annual General Meeting, and this year we're doing things a bit differently, so we hope you'll be able to come along.  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

Tuesday 8th March 2016: 12 noon – 2.00pm
Johnston Hall, Aberdeen University Student Association
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Robert Gordon University

Thursday 10th March 2016: 12 noon – 2.00pm
Room SB01, Garthdee House Annexe (formerly Scott Sutherland Building)
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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: Branch | Events | Members


29th February 2016

RGU Announces £6m Cuts to Staff and Services

Members will by now be aware of the Principal’s announcement at RGU with regard to the financial situation at the University, and the start of a Voluntary Severance scheme to attempt to reach the stated required cost reduction of £6 million (£2 million non-pay costs, and £4 million staffing costs).

The University has also stated that in the event that these savings levels cannot be achieved through Voluntary Severance alone, that future voluntary or compulsory redundancies cannot be ruled out.

At this stage, UNISON along with the other campus trade unions have asked the University to provide us with the business case and justification for the level of cuts being sought. We have also asked what non-pay costs have been considered, and also have asked that the University make a clear statement rejecting the use of compulsory redundancies. UNISON will expect to be involved in any consultations where proposals for restructuring are being looked at and where our members are at risk.

If you have any specific questions, comments or concerns let us know. We understand that times like this can be very difficult for everyone and if there is anything else you would like to see in the meantime please get in touch.

Categories: Campaigns | Members


18th February 2016

The Big UNISON Prize Draw – Win £10,000!

Enter the UNISON prize draw – with a top prize of £10,000 cash for the lucky winner! #heartunison

The prize draw runs from 15th February until the beginning of May, entry is open to all existing members – and new members too – all you need to do is update or verify your email address and mobile numbers to enter.

1 x £10,000 CASH
3 x Family holidays worth up to £2,000
20 x Health and dental plans worth up to £300

For your chance to win, all you need to do is ensure UNISON has up-to-date contact details for you. If we can easily contact you we can support you better, and together we will be stronger in UNISON. This is vital now because unions are under attack as never before.

Enter online here:  www.unison.org.uk/prizedraw

Categories: Benefits | Members


20th January 2016

The Big Workplace Meeting - 9th February

Big Workplace MeetingIf you missed the live broadcast, you can catch up online on the heartunions website.

We invite you to join us and TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady with a special guest for a live broadcast to our branch meeting.  Frances will give an update on progress of the Trade Union Bill and there will be an opportunity to ask questions via Twitter during the broadcast.  

The Big Workplace Meeting will take place across the country, with as many union branch meetings as possible taking place simultaneously.

It is a key opportunity for you as union members to be updated on the progress of the Trade Union Bill and to ask questions.  The meetings are being held:

  • 12.30pm, Tuesday 9th February 2016
     
  • RGU: Room H230, Faculty of Health and Social Care
  • UofA: LG29, (LGF Seminar Room), The Sir Duncan Rice Library

We hope to see you there!  For further information you can also see the national website www.heartunions.org.

Categories: Branch | Events | Members


18th January 2016

Winter Fuel Grants 2016

Worried about paying your winter fuel bill?Worried About Paying Your Winter Fuel Bill?
 
With rising fuel costs and another cold winter looming many members on low income are worried about how they're going to pay their winter fuel bills.
 
Help is on hand
 
'There for You' has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low income by way of a one-off payment of £40.
 
To apply, download the application form or visit unison.org.uk/thereforyou.  Alternatively, call UNISONdirect on 0800 0857 857 or simply contact your UNISON branch office. 

Everyone that applies will receive a booklet giving information about other help that may be available and how to reduce your fuel costs in the future. You can also download the Q&A which provides further information. 
 
Closing date for receipt of applications is 23rd February 2016.

Categories: Benefits | Members


15th December 2015

Christmas Competition Winners Announced!

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

First prize this year was an amazing top of the range Amazon Kindle Voyage, with FREE 3G and Wi-fi and a £50 Voucher to get their e-book collection started.  Our two second prizes were our ever popular Dinner and a Show for Two vouchers, and our third prizes were our fantastic Silent Night Christmas hampers.

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Categories: Benefits | Branch | Members


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