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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

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.


Categories: Benefits | Branch | Members

9th December 2015

Revoke Donald Trump's Honorary Degree

Donald Trump (Image: Gage Skidmore)UPDATE: RGU have announced that they are to revoke Trump's Honorary Degree for “statements that are wholly incompatible with the ethos and values of the University”.  Well done RGU!

UNISON members working at Robert Gordon University have written to the Principal of Robert Gordon University calling on them to remove his honorary degree because he is reported to have called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States"

UNISON believes this to be unacceptable.

Colin Jones, Robert Gordon UNISON steward said “Robert Gordon University has a strong international reputation and UNISON believes that our University's association with Donald Trump can only undermine all the hard work we have put into building this worldwide reputation.

We believe that the University must make it as clear as possible that such statements are both unacceptable and irresponsible. They are divisive and put Muslim friends, family and colleagues in danger of discrimination and reprisals, and will make international relations worse not better.

Categories: Branch | Campaigns

19th November 2015

Branch Christmas Competition 2015

Kindle Voyage Top PrizeOnce 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 top of the range Amazon Kindle Voyage, with FREE 3G and Wi-fi and a £50 Voucher to get your e-book collection started.  We'll also have our ever popular Dinner and a Show for Two, and Silent Night 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

19th November 2015

Get your 2016 UNISON Diary!

UNISON 2016 DiaryAt this time of year the branch would usually send out the annual diary, however after feedback from last year's AGM this year we've decided that we won't automatically send out diaries.

Instead we'll have some of our snazzy new UNISON 2016 Diaries ready you to pick up from our regular stalls, and your local stewards.  This means that we don't need to order as many diaries this year, so they will be distributed on a "first come, first served basis".


Categories: Benefits | Branch | Members

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