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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


17th January 2018

UNISON Branch AGM 2018

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 5th March 2018: 12 noon – 1.30pm (for 12.30pm start)
Room KCG7, Kings College, Main Quad, University of Aberdeen
 

Robert Gordon University

Tuesday 6th March 2018: 12 noon – 1.30pm (for 12.30pm start)
Room H230, Health & Social Care Building, 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.

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21st December 2017

Branch Christmas Competition Results 2017

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

The prizes this year were:

  • an amazing Panasonic TX-49EX600B Smart TV, with 4K UHD resolution. 
  • 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:  Will Ritchie
  • Second Prizes:  Carol-Ann McKerron & Colin Shearer
  • Third Prizes:  Liz Law & Mary Murray

Christmas Spot The Difference AnswerOur competition this year was a spot the difference and members were asked to say how many differences there were between our two festive snowmen.  The options were five, six or seven.

There were a lot of eagle eyed people out there who got the right answer - the correct answer was FIVE.

Congratulations to all our winners, and to everyone out there, have a Happy Christmas and New Year!

Categories: Benefits | Branch


4th December 2017

Branch Christmas Competition 2017

Once 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 Panasonic 4K Ultra HD 49-inch Television. 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 | Members


29th May 2017

Branch Pay Offer Consultation 2017/18

We're Worth ItWe have now received a "full and final" written pay offer from the national employers’ organisation the Universities & Colleges Employers Association (UCEA).

The offer for 2017-18 follows pay talks between the employers and joint Higher Education unions, and consists of:

  • a 1.7% increase from 1 August for all staff covered by the higher education national agreement, who are on point 17 and above of the national pay spine;
  • increases of between 2.43% and 1.72% for staff on points 1 to 16 of the spine (note this is not the same as "grades" at the universities)

Read more...

Categories: Consultation | Members | Pay


10th May 2017

Pay Offer for 2017 is "best that can be achieved through negotiation"

We're Worth It

UNISON’s higher education service group met yesterday to discuss the higher education employers’ full and final offer on pay for 2017-18.

The final pay offer gives extra increases to the lower paid, between 2.4% and 1.7% up to pay point 16. All staff above point 16 will receive 1.7%.

The lowest pay point (spinal column point 2) will receive the highest increase, which will equate to the living wage rate of £8.45 an hour for those working a 35-hour working week. Joint work between the employers and the trade unions on the gender pay gap and zero-hour contracts will continue.

The service group executive’s view on the offer is that it is the best to be achieved by negotiation and that if members vote to reject the offer, sustained and prolonged industrial action will be required.

Members will be consulted on the offer from 19 May to 30 June 2017. The service group executive will consider the outcome of the consultation at its meeting on 5 July 2017.

Categories: Campaigns | Members | Pay


21st December 2016

Christmas Competition 2016 Results

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

The prizes this year were:

  • an amazing Sony Playstation 4 1TB, with 3 games included and a £50 Amazon Voucher to expand your collection. 
  • our ever popular Dinner and a Show for Two (x2)
  • and Silent Night Christmas hampers (x2)

Our prize winners were drawn by our independent adjudicator on Monday and were:

  • First Prize:  Richard Milne
  • Second Prizes:  Liz Law & David Milne
  • Third Prizes:  Richard Massie & Kenneth Sadler

Christmas Spot The Difference AnswerOur competition this year was a spot the difference and members were asked to say how many differences there were between our two festive snowmen.  The options were five, six or seven.

There were a lot of eagle eyed people out there who got the right answer - the correct answer was SIX.

Congratulations to all our winners, and to everyone out there, have a Happy Christmas and New Year!

Categories: Benefits | Branch | Members


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