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25th April 2016

IWMD and May Day March 2016

There are two major events coming up soon organised by the Aberdeen Trades Union Council which we'd encourage all branch member's to attend. 

Aberdeen May Day March & Rally

The annual May Day March for International Workers' Day will take place this year on Saturday 30th April.

All trade unions, community organisations, friends and families are encouraged to attend - bring your banners and placards, and let's make this march the biggest ever!

Groups gather at Rubislaw Terrace from 11.00am, for 11.30am march off.  The march will progress down Union Street to a rally and speakers at Castlegate from 12.15am.  Come along and support this important event!  Download the May Day 2016 Poster.

International Worker's Memorial Day

All over the world on 28th April each year organisations hold events to mark International Worker's Memorial Day.  The purpose of IWMD is two-fold. Firstly it is about not forgetting those who have died, been injured, or made ill by their work. Secondly it is about ensuring that this tragic loss and suffering are used to reinvigorate the campaign for healthier and safer work.

The campaign slogan is "Remember the dead, fight for the living."

The Aberdeen ceremony will take place on Thursday 28th April at Persley Walled Garden, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen, meet at 12.30pm for the ceremony at 1pm.  The ceremony will take approximately 30 minutes.

Everyone is welcome and invited to attend.  Download the IWMD 2016 Poster.

Categories: Branch | Events | Members


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


10th February 2016

Branch Wins Scottish Communications Awards

The branch has won two prizes in this year's UNISON Scottish Communications awards, with winners announced last weekend at UNISON's Scottish Council meeting.

This year the branch submitted two entries, one for our relaunched printed newsletter sent out to members periodically.  This has been well received by members and we aim to continue to produce several issues a year.  We won the top prize "Gold Award" for our printed newsletter, for which the branch received a cheque for £150.

Our second entry was for our relaunched website, which has a new responsive design, which works well with today's mobile phones and tablets, as well as on the desktop.  It also has a clean modern look to it and links in to social media Twitter and Facebook feeds.  We won the second prize "Silver Award" for the website, and received a cheque for £100.

Categories: Branch | Information


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


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