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Branch meeting - 30 January 2018, 1pm, Strathcona G13

Please come to your first branch meeting of 2018. There will be motions on pay and on the Dubai campus. You can download the motions below:

If you have any amendments to either motion, please send them to ioana.cerasella.chis@gmail.com. The deadline for amendments is 29 January 2018. At the meeting, we will also discuss the details for Day of Action (please find details below).

Day of Action - 31 January 2018, 9 - 10am and 12.30 - 1.30pm at University train station

We are organising a Day of Action to protest the University senior management's failure to negotiate with Unison to reach an agreement on a fair pay rise. We are also protesting the university's continued refusal to become an accredited Living Wage employer.

Please join us at 9am and/or 12.30pm to give out leaflets at the university train station. If you'd like to volunteer, please email Ioana, Branch Chair, at ioana.cerasella.chis@gmail.com or let us know at the branch meeting the day before that you can come.

We intend to organise many other Days of Actions throughout the year and we need volunteers to help us put these plans into practice. Please let us know if and how you are able to help out. If you know of any particular events coming up (Applicant Visit days, Vice Chancellor/ Pro-Vice chancellor talks, School/College Open Forums or any other significant events), please send us the details.

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