The diaries will be available for members to collect at the Christmas Social on Thursday 1 December at the University Arms.
Making a will is important, whatever your age. If you don’t leave a will, the law decides how your possessions are passed on – and it might not be what you had in mind.
But making a will can be an expensive business, typically costing between £150 and £300 with a solicitor.
Luckily, as a UNISON member you and your family are entitled to make a will free of charge. Simply fill in the simple online form and download your will at the end.
To celebrate the relaunch of UNISON’s pre-paid plus cashback card all existing cardholders and any member who registers by 19 December 2016, could win back the cost of Christmas (which has been calculated by experts to be £796) read more>>
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Research by the Papworth Trust has revealed how propaganda about the NHS swayed disabled voters who didn’t know how many of their protections were from the EU, a Unison conference was told.
The suggestion that the UK could spend the money it sends to Brussels on the NHS was a major reason that many disabled voters backed the call to leave the European Union in June, ‘gambling’ with protections that few realised the EU had guaranteed for them.
The University of Sheffield unveiled its Staff Release Scheme. This is a measure brought in by the university’s Strategy Delivery Group as a response to the university’s financial forecasts.
We are concerned that members may be under the impression that
- the university’s actions are a direct result of the EU-referendum (they are not: these concerns predate the vote);
- rising staff costs are the main problem (they are not: staff costs have fallen as a proportion of income);
- the university is strapped for cash (it’s not: it’s choosing to prioritize eye-watering levels of capital spending);
- the university can’t afford fair pay increases (it can: it’s factored into its forecasts an undisclosed, probably sizeable, figure);
- the unions negotiated the Staff Release Scheme (we didn’t: it was presented to us with no consultation);
- the Strategy Delivery Group is doing its best to be transparent (it’s not: it reports only to the VC with no publicly available minutes or union representation).
The Staff Release Scheme
A voluntary severance scheme will see accepted staff leaving with a month’s pay for each year they’ve worked, subject to a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 9. The scheme is open to all staff and is an individual decision. Staff must not feel pressured or coerced by managers or colleagues into applying for release, especially if it is felt that pressure or coercion is on the grounds of age, disability or any other protected characteristic as this is discrimination and, depending on individual cases, illegal. Likewise, while there is no appeal, the University does have obligations to make decisions fairly and we’ll be on the lookout for any bad decision-making. Please get in touch with any information or concerns.
Our area organiser holds branch advisory surgeries every Tuesday at our branch.
If you wish to discuss any issues or concerns you may have please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment.
12:00 – 12:30
12:45 – 13:15
13:30 – 14:00
Please note appointments are booked on a first come first served basis.
Christmas can be overwhelming. With UNISON members already feeling the pinch of rising costs, it’s concerning that consumer debt saw its sharpest spike since 2006 in the run-up to Christmas last year.
But don’t panic. UNISON have compiled a handy five point guide to keeping financially afloat this Christmas.