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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: Pay | Members | Consultation


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


15th February 2019

UNISON Branch AGM 2019

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 11th March 2018: 12 noon – 1.30pm (for 12.30pm start)
Room G3, St Mary's, University of Aberdeen

Robert Gordon University

Tuesday 12th March 2018: 12 noon – 1.30pm (for 12.30pm start)
Room 620, Aberdeen Business School, RGU

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 | Events | Branch


11th February 2019

Heart Unions Week - STUC Webinar

As part of heart unions week, we're hoping to show the live webinar about the STUC's better than zero campaign.  Better Than Zero are a group of workers, who, since 2015, have been organising against precarious work in the hospitality and service sectors in Scotland.  They campaign against zero hours, zero rights, and zero respect in the workplace. 

Come along, have a chat, get some heart union goodies (including our reusable hand warmers and heart union jelly beans!), watch the webinar, and let us know what issues you're facing right now:

  • Wednesday 13th February 2019

    1pm-1.45pm - UNISON Stall - SIWB Entrance Area (RGU)

    2pm-3pm - LIVE WEBINAR - Room 412 - Aberdeen Business School (RGU)

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

Categories: Events | Benefits | Branch


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


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