YOU SPOKE – WE ACTIONED. SAFETY AND RETURN TO CAMPUS

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Prior to the last members meeting, Branch stewards were already engaged in discussions about return to campus with management and the meeting timed well to enable input from all members present – those with concerns and those who feel okay about it.  Further meetings with management have taken your feedback to the highest levels of safety management and HR.  Our focus is those who are vulnerable – there will be some people unable to be vaccinated and there will be others who are returning but live with vulnerable people or are vulnerable themself.  Some people may suffer severe anxiety and a return may exacerbate this. For others a return poses no concerns at all and may be welcomed.The potential lifting of restrictions may have changed some staff views.  Our safety reps want you to know that having two jabs of the vaccine, whichever vaccine, is a good control measure.  Social distancing and face covers were the best way to deal with a situation where no-one was vaccinated. However, getting everyone vaccinated, which greatly limits the person’s chances of catching covid let alone developing worse symptoms, will not have happened for everyone who works here by 19th July.  And for some not at all.  We have been pushing to not stop social distancing and face covers overnight, but for a phased withdrawal of those two control measures, combined with honest engagement with all staff returning, and a plan for those still vulnerable who cannot be vaccinated.  Dialogue is ongoing so please monitor university comms and weekly emails.  And please contact the branch for any concerns.
Please note that the idea of return to campus and also hybrid working are two separate issues that just happen to coincide for timing of the pilot…Return to campus is always about safety and safe working environment.  Hybrid working is a separate process relating to a better way of working for us all, better options for us all.

Financial Wellbeing/Retirement and Pensions Webinars

Lighthouse Financial will be delivering webinars for UNISON members with information regarding Financial Wellbeing and Pensions and Retirement plus an opportunity to have a personal telephone appointment.  More details can be found below and on the attached.  If you are interested and want to attend any of these sessions please contact

Clarice Head on clarice.head@quilter.com or call 01273 523714 to book your place.

Managing Your Financial Well-Being Webinar 

Lightouse Financial

Retirement and Pensions Explained Webinar

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Telephone Surgeries

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UNISON SCHOOL UNIFORM GRANT

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Help is at hand

We have set up a fund to help UNISON members on low incomes with school uniform costs by way of a one-off payment of £50 per child up to a maximum of £150 per family.

To apply, download the application form   School_grant_appform_2021_EDITABLE  or contact UNISON Direct on 0800 0 857 857 to request the application form be sent to you. Details of where to post it are on the form.

This is always a popular programme so please get your application in quickly. We have a limited fund and once it’s gone, it’s gone.

What would a pay rise mean to you?

Campus Trade Unions want to hear from you!

All staff have been working hard during the pandemic, keeping campus safe, supporting current students and recruiting more. Some of us have worked on Campus throughout the last year whilst others have worked from home in sometimes challenging work environments. All of us have adapted to changes in how we work and we continue to work effectively and flexibly as more staff and students begin their return to campus. Behind the scenes, we’ve steered the University through difficult times. 

Thanks to us, the University’s finances are stable, but where is our recognition?

Since 2009, our pay has declined by 17.6% when measured against RPI. The cost of living is rising, so why isn’t our pay?

Despite our hard work and the rising cost of living, University Vice Chancellors across the country refused to give their staff a pay rise this academic year (2020/21). 

We’d like to hear from you about your thoughts on this and what a pay rise would mean to you. Please complete our short survey and share with your colleagues (both union members and non-members): https://forms.gle/dpRPPbskCHvvgyik8 

Negotiations are still ongoing for 2021/2022’s pay offer. Together, we can achieve the pay rise we deserve.

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IMPORTANT – Have your say on your local UNISON branch – AGM Thursday 11th March, 1pm

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is coming up on Thursday 11th March, at 1pm and will take place on Google Meet.

Important  AGM papers have been emailed to members as they are needed for the meeting:  Branch report, Budget and year end accounts and the officers, stewards and workplace list. These documents will be taken as read as they need to be voted on.

What can I expect at the AGM and why should I attend?
At an AGM you will:
– Hear what UNISON is doing for you at the University of Sheffield
– Elect your branch officers and stewards
– Learn about how your membership fees are spent  locally and nationally
– Ask questions, make suggestions and have your say on the running of the branch

The AGM provides your chance to have a say in how UNISON’s University of Sheffield Branch is run – it is our democratic right as Trade Union members. If you have any suggestions on things the branch can do to improve or would like to know more about what we’re doing, then please come along and contribute. You’ll also get the opportunity to meet and chat to your stewards/reps.

It’s important for members to attend, as the branch can only make decisions if we meet a minimum required attendance, and we need this to enable the branch to run properly. Even if you don’t want to say anything, please do come along and vote so that you can still have your say.

Thursday 11 March     Time: 1–2pm AGM Business

Google Meet link has been emailed to members.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Best wishes
UNISON University of Sheffield Branch Committee

ALL MEMBERS MEETING INFORMATION

Members Meeting: Thursday 14th January, 1pm

We hope you are all keeping well in these challenging times, and managed to have a nice break over the festive period.

Before Christmas, we wrote to you to invite you to our next meeting on the 0% Pay Offer following UNISON’s consultation. We are still going to provide an update on the Pay Consultation and welcome contributions and thoughts from members.

However, in light of the events of the past couple of weeks and the new national lockdown announcement, we think it is also important to allow members the space and time to discuss this too. The lockdown will bring new challenges and may see previous issues return so it’s important that we are all able to share our concerns about the workplace and more generally. Some of us may have found our workload or working environment has changed, whilst the continuation of existing arrangements for others may bring its own problems.

UNISON stewards from across the University will be at the meeting to answer any questions you may have and address any concerns, so please do join us.

If you have any thoughts, questions or concerns and are not able to attend or do not wish to raise them in a meeting, please feel free to contact the branch on unison@sheffield.ac.uk and this will be picked up by a steward.

University of Sheffield UNISON Branch Committee

ALL UNION MEETING AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION

ALL UNION MEETING: THURSDAY 30 JULY 2020, 1PM

We would like to invite you to a collective Campus Trade Union members meeting this Thursday. This is for UCU, UNISON, Unite and GMB union members only and so has a sign up list .  The Campus Trade Unions will send  login  details out to everyone who does register.    Our next UNISON branch meeting will take place w/c 10th August (exact date tbc), members will be contacted next week with further details.

BRANCH UPDATE FOR MEMBERS

As UNISON branch committee we wanted to give some background on the situation the University has put us into, as staff at risk of being dismissed and re-engaged on poorer working conditions.

Continue reading ALL UNION MEETING AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Further to the VCs email about the Voluntary Severance Scheme

Further to the VCs email about the Voluntary Severance Scheme – a small number of members have asked about how the VS scheme compares to the University’s compulsory redundancy arrangements.

Statutory redundancy and payments are based on length of service being one week of pay per year and 1.5 weeks of pay per year of service over the age of 40. The maximum allowed payment for statutory redundancy is a little over £16,000. Link to website to calculate actual statutory entitlement is here: https://www.gov.uk/calculate-your-redundancy-pay

The University agreed with the Campus Trade Unions a process whereby they will pay an enhanced redundancy, which is double statutory redundancy – which normally includes engaging with the redeployment process. In a redundancy situation we would  therefore expect staff to receive double their statutory entitlement.

The current Voluntary Severance Scheme being offered is for eligible staff to choose to voluntarily leave their contract of employment early, for which the employer will compensate by a minimum of 5 months’ pay, up to a maximum of 10 months’ pay. One month per year of service (any notice payment is included in that offer).

You can find out more about the scheme including how to apply here: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/hr/vss

And you can calculate how much you would be paid: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/hr/vss/readyreckoner

No Trade Union official can ever say whether one person’s situation makes it best to choose this option or not to.  It is an individual choice.  All we can do is show the means of comparing financial outcomes of actual redundancy versus voluntary severance. Each member should use the calculators from gov.uk and from the University, to understand their individual circumstances – as rate of pay and length of service impact on the individual’s figures.

Of course the voluntary scheme is aimed at saving money and the termination date speaks to that.

There may well be concerns or worries about whether  compulsory  redundancies will happen going forward.  We have no information about that at this time.

Please contact the branch office if you have any concerns or queries that are not answered on the University website – unison@sheffield.ac.uk

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