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BECOME A UNISON STEWARD AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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If we want to try and improve the workplace and feedback members concerns we need stewards across all parts of the University.

 THE ROLE OF A STEWARD INVOLVES:

  • supporting and advising members on workplace issues
  • representing members
  • be the first and main point of contact for members with the union
  • recruit new members
  • work with members to establish an organised workplace
  • support and advise members on workplace issues
  • act as a spokesperson for the members they represent and for
  • the branch
  • represent members with the employer, dependent on their
  • experience and confidence
  • represent members within the branch committee
  • be answerable to the members they represent

The benefits of becoming a steward include:

To help you with this role you will receive training and support, and will be part of a group of Officers and Stewards who support members at The University of Sheffield.

  • opportunity to improve your communication and negotiation skills
  • helping fellow members
  • getting to know members from across the University
  • being more informed, and involved in your union

If you are interested in becoming a steward please contact unison@sheffield.ac.uk. 

WORRIED ABOUT PAYING YOUR WINTER FUEL BILL?

With rising fuel costs and another cold winter looming many members on low income are worried about how they’re going to pay their winter fuel bills.

Help is on hand

‘There for You’ has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low income by way of a one-off payment of £40.

To apply visit unison.org.uk/thereforyou.  Alternatively, call UNISONdirect on 0800 0857 857 or simply contact your UNISON branch office.  Everyone that applies will receive a booklet giving information about other help that may be available and how to reduce your fuel costs in the future. The attached Q&A  also provides further information.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 23 February 2016.

 

FREE SPEECH OR INSUBORDINATION

Social Media:  Be careful what you say, do and upload, on Facebook and Twitter

UNISON are concerned that the rise in the use of “social media” such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc., and these being readily available on computers, tablets, smartphones,   has lead to a rise in disciplinary issues and tensions.  The time spent on social media during working hours aside,  problems arise when one colleague “de-friends” another, or comments are made that others may find offensive, insulting, bullying, or disrespectful (rather than humorous), or when derogatory comments are made about a manager or the institution.  This can lead to disciplinary action ranging from a warning right up to dismissal, if the conduct is serious enough to undermine the employment relationship beyond repair.

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TRADE UNION BILL

Seeking to restrict the activities of Trade Unions

The UK Government has introduced to Parliament the Trade Union Bill which seeks to restrict the activities of trade unions.

The proposed measures include: placing a range of additional administrative burdens on unions; limiting the right to strike; and allowing agency workers to be used to break strikes.

Facility Time: Facility time allows trained trade union representatives to spend some of their working day supporting and representing members with individual problems, working with managers to head–off possible disputes, making workplaces safer and promoting learning opportunities, all of which benefits both the employer and the employee. The bill requires employers to report on how much facility time has been agreed with unions. The Bill also contains a reserve power that would allow a Minister to cap arbitrarily the level of facility time employers are permitted to agree.

Payment of Union Subs via payroll:  The Bill allows the Government to outlaw the use of Check-off or Deduction of Contributions at Source (DOCAS) systems for trade union subscriptions.  Payroll deductions are used in a variety of ways by employers, with the consent of their employees, and can include deductions for charitable giving, pension contributions and bike loans.  At present the Government is proposing only to prevent union subscriptions being paid through the payroll, and not looking at any of the other deductions made.

Join the campaign against the un-necessary, anti-democratic and bureaucratic Trade Union Bill.