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Motions passed at January branch meeting

Over 100 members attended the first branch meeting of 2018. The branch voted on motions on pay and on the Dubai campus, as well as an emergency motion on plans to forcibly transfer all conference park staff to a private company.

You can download the full motions below:

 

Conference park / hotel outsourcing

We are very concerned about the university's plan to force conference park and hotel staff to move to a private company that. UNISON believe the changes will mean:

  • Lower wages, sick pay, reduced or no overtime rates and bank holiday pay for new starters creating a 2 tier work force (this is what HR and the director of HAS themselves told us they wanted in pay talks – we rejected the changes before and we reject them now).
  • More staff dismissed under capability procedures as work load is increased, particularly hitting staff as they get older or those staff with underlying health conditions.
  • Increased Bullying and Harassment of staff as the new company try to get rid of employees on existing contracts to replace them with minimum wage staff.
  • A reorganization of staff transferred over at some point in the future to cut their pay and Terms & conditions to the same as new starters – if there not Bullied out before then.
  • A Pay freeze for existing staff until the pay levels match (or their terms and conditions are cut to the same as new starters) – in practice until the minimum wage catches up with University pay.
  • No Trade Union recognition in the new company leaving staff at the mercy of managers and HR and without any collective bargaining rights

If the University get away with this for this group of staff we have good reason to believe that staff in cleaning, catering and security are lined for outsourcing as well. The Branch unanimously agreed to conduct a consultative ballot for industrial action, including strike action. Whilst this is a last resort we believe this is a clear threat to all of us and is the thin edge of wedge. We will be sending more material out as well as launching a campaign to keep all staff directly employed by the University. We must stop this race to the bottom.

What you can do straight away

  • Make sure all your colleagues know what is happening
  • Help us to organise a section meeting. If you can help us to organise a meeting for staff in your area please let us. This could be as simple as letting us know a good time and which room we should book.
  • Recruit a friend – A membership form is attached. We are still running a £10 welcome voucher to everyone who joins and everyone you signs someone up. More members equals more power to stop the race to bottom.

 


Your latest branch newsletter is out!

Download the latest newsletter here

All members should also receive a copy of the newsletters in the internal post - if you haven't got it, or if you need spare copies for colleagues, please contact Lee Crutchley!


Branch AGM - 13 March 2018, 1pm - 3pm, Arts LR1 (125), with lunch from 12.30pm

The branch Annual General Meeting will take place on 13 March 2018, in Arts Lecture Room 1 (125). A buffet lunch will be served from 12.30pm, with the main part of the AGM starting at 1pm. This is your chance to elect your officers and have your say in how the branch is run.

You are entitled to up to two hours' paid time off to attend the AGM. Please let your line manager know that you are attending as soon as possible. If you have any problems getting time off, please let us know.

We need more people to get involved, so please do consider standing for any of the committee positions. If you would like to stand or nominate a colleague, you can download the nomination form below:

 If you would like to find out more about the committee roles, or would like to submit a motion or an agenda item, please email Matt matthewraine@outlook.com or Ioana ioana.cerasella.chis@gmail.com. All motions should be received by Tuesday 27 February.


Recruit a Friend and get a £10 gift voucher every time

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.

Download the application form here.


Sign Labour Party's petition to pause and fix Universal Credit

40,000 children will wake up in poverty on Christmas Day because the Tories refuse to pause and fix Universal Credit. Despite many working hard throughout the year, thousands of families will not be receiving their Universal Credit payments in time for Christmas, pushing the poorest families further into debt, poverty and at risk of eviction.

The Tories have no answers and have continuously failed working families. That's why it's important to make sure people know the truth about Universal Credit. 

Share the video today and sign the petition here.


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:

Open Day pay leaflet

Open Day postcard

 

Unison leafletting the Open Day

Unison leafletting the Open Day

 

Unison and UCU joining forces at the Open Day

Unison and UCU joining forces at the Open Day