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UNISON Branch meeting, Wed 29 November 1pm (Venue TBC)
We are organising a short branch meeting on pay just before the Protest for Fair Pay at 1.30 at the Clocktower (see details below). More details and a motion will be available soon.
University announces insulting pay award for support Staff
You may have seen the email from the University from Tim Jones, the University Provost and Vice Principal. It’s a shame he hasn’t bothered to attend any of the pay meetings with us before announcing the insulting pay award at 1.7%.
The pay award yet again represents a real terms Pay Cut for support staff. With inflation at 3.9% and interest rates going up, the University are giving all of its support staff a cut in their Living Standards yet again. A typical band 400 member of staff is now £1880 a year worse off thanks to these below inflation pay rises. What would you spend £1880 on? Justifying cutting your pay by stating they have also cut academics' pay is disgraceful.
The Director of Human Resources stated to us on the 22 August that ‘inflation was at the outer limit of what the University could afford.’ So we know they can afford to pay more. It would cost the University less than £3million a year to give all support staff a 5% pay rise. With all the shiny new buildings here and abroad they can easily afford it.
Your UNISON branch committee have agreed, along with UNITE and GMB, to put in a formal dispute with the University.
Protest for Fair Pay. 1.30pm Wednesday 29 November, University clocktower
Join us on Unfair Pay Day to protest at this year's pay cut. UNISON have called the protest and we are expecting the other Trade Unions to join us. Help us to win a fair pay rise for all. No More Pay cuts – we are worth more!
Protest against the Tory austerity budget and school funding cuts
5–6 pm Wednesday 22nd November outside Waterstones, High Street, Birmingham City Centre
Called by Birmingham Against the Cuts and supported by Bham TUC, Bham People's Assembly and Bham NUT/NEU. Bring your banners and placards and there is an open mic for people who oppose the Cuts.
School Funding Cuts
This Tory government is imposing £2 billion of cuts in school funding over the next few years under the cover of a “Fair funding formula”. 88% of Birmingham schools are facing large cuts in funding with some facing 5-8 teacher or classroom assistants redundancies. This will seriously undermine the quality of education for many students, in particular disabled students.
Universal credit is being to be rolled out in Birmingham from the 8th November which will mean thousands will be waiting 6 weeks and longer to get money to feed their families. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond, is facing major pressure to makechanges in this brutal system.
There is a major housing crisis in Britain and a massive increase in homelessness, evidenced by the numerous people sleeping in the streets in Birmingham City Centre. Even the Tory Communities Secretary is saying the government should borrow more to build more social housing. Will Phillip Hammond do anything to address this problem? We doubt it.
Recruit a Friend and get a £10 gift voucher every time – perfect in the run up to Christmas!
Did you know every time you sign up a friend to UNISON you get £10 voucher which you can spend in loads of shops in Birmingham? Your friend gets a voucher too. Just write your name on top of their membership application form.
Open Day leafleting
UNISON and UCU members leafleted the last University Open Day in October, giving out a positive message about support staff and calling for a decent pay rise. We all had a great time and had lots of nice compliments and feedback from potential applicants and their families.
You can download the leaflet and postcard we gave out below:
New branch newsletter out now
Click below to download the latest branch newsletter. It features articles on a worrying CAL performance management scheme, pay campaigning, a health and safety update, car parking charges, and a 'Confessions of a temp' column.
You should also have a received a printed copy of the newsletter in the internal post, but please contact any of the branch committee if you would like extra copies for a colleague.