Worth it - Unison campaign for better pay
Unison has launched a major new cmapaign to boost the pay of public service workers. Members have had their pay capped and frozen whilst prices have continued to shoot up. All workers have seen a 16% reduction in the pay packets since 2010 and many are no longer able to make ends meet. With UNISON you can fight for better, fairer pay and we can help members make ends meet. For more details see the campaign webpage.
Industrial action for fair pay
Unison, along wih UCU and EIS have announced a further 1 day national strike on Thursday 6th February 2014, in response to the employers refusal to improve their inadaquate 1% pay offer. Remember that you can claim up to £50 compensation for loss of earnings if you were out on strike in October and/or December 2013, and if you also strike on the 3rd day you can claim up to £100 from the Industrial Action Fund.
We hope to see as many of you showing your support on the 6th. If you have any questions then please contact a member of the committee, follow us on Facebook and twitter @UNISON_UofG
You can also read more via Unison national site.
The People's Assembly Launch
Unison Scotland is supporting the work of the People's Assembly in Scotland. The Assembly aims to build a broad based anti austerity movement across Scotland, with local groups already active in Dundee and Fife. The launch event took place on Saturday 25th January 2014. Unison's own John Stevenson spoke at the launch along with the lesser known Ricky Tomlinson of Royle Family fame. You can get further info at The People's Assembly website.
The Annual General Meeting of our Unison branch here at the Universityof Glasgow took place on Wednesday 20th March, in the Turnbull Hall. It was a very successful AGM with a good turnout. We very lucky to have Glyn Jenkins (Head of Pensions for Unison) attend and talk about the current situation with pensions. Thanks to all who joined us, and we hope to see as many of you as possible next year!
Restructuring at the University
Are you unsure of how continuing restructuring plans will shape the University? If so, see the dedicated section here on MyGlasgow. If you have any concerns about it or would like to discuss this with a member of the Unison committee please email email@example.com or contact our branch secretary, Margaret Anne McParland, who is a member of the Project Board responsible for the good governance of the organisational change
Pay & Conditions
We received another 1% pay increase offer this year which has been rejected. Our members, along with UCU and Unite, have decided to take industrial action over this so there will be a national joint strike on the 31st October. Further information is available at the top of this page or via our Facebook and Twitter.
Following the University Court meeting on the 19th June, the first consultation meeting with University Management, Unison, Unite and GMB unions took place on Friday 21st June. This was the first official consultation meeting and Glyn Jenkins (Head of Pensions, Unison) and Nancy Kelly (Glasgow HE Regional Officer, Unison, joined local representatives for these initial discussions. Unison has now submitted a list of of the information we require to enable us to proceed with meaningful consultation on the proposed changes and we hope to have that very soon. The date of the forthcoming meetings are: Thursday 25th July, Tuesday 13th August and Tuesday 10th September. You can tell us how you feel about the proposed changes by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we will keep you posted on developments.
There were changes to the USS pension scheme in 2011. Read further information from Unison here and a statement from USS here. Members of the scheme should have received information in the post and can view the consultation info on the USS site here. You can also find out about recent UCU Industrial Action re: USS Pension Scheme here
Staff should have received information from HR regarding the introduction of a pension scheme known as Benefits Plus. For further information please read:
National Delegate Conference
The 2013 annual conference took place in Liverpool. Margaret Anne attended as our representative from the University of Glasgow branch.