BRANCH STATEMENT

UNISON,  University of Sheffield Branch  are declaring their full support for the industrial action UCU are taking.
UNISON  had a 66% strike vote,  and if the rules around  ‘turnout’  numbers,   not been imposed,  we would have been on the picket lines with you.  Our sister union Unite are in a similar position.   So while we cannot be out on strike with you in body, we are with you in spirit, and in voice.
UNISON thanks UCU  for the bold action it is taking.   We are stronger when we all stand together and make the discontent known.  We have to fight injustice,  fight pay cuts,  fight the attack on pensions,  fight the unmanageable workloads,   fight for job security.   We demand fair and equal pay.   Too long we have been subjected to unfair treatment.
This is our united message to employers:   You say Low Pay  –  We say NO WAY…     You say Cut Back – We say FIGHT BACK.
UNISON call upon UUK and UCEA to return to the bargaining table with a genuine and reasonable starting point.  UNISON  call on Employers to commit to ensuring job security and manageable workloads for all staff.
Thank you,  everyone standing here and everyone taking action.
In Solidarity.   UNISON   University of Sheffield Branch.

OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND THE SARAG EVENT

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UNISON have recently been approached by SARAG South Yorkshire Asbestos Victims Support Group asking for sponsorship of the Asbestos Anniversary Event and this sponsorship has been agreed.

As part of the sponsorship deal UNISON can have up to 10 free places to attend the event on 25 October in the Showroom Cinema, Sheffield City Centre.  A film entitled “Breathless” will be shown.  There will also be speakers and an opportunity to ask questions.  The event will close with a buffet.

If you would like to nominate a member or be nominated to attend this event please email unison@sheffield.co.uk no later than 15 October.

Event details:

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DUE TO RETIRE WITHIN 12-18 MONTHS?

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To be eligible for this workshop members must be due to retire within the next 12-18 months

Pre-retirement workshop

 9.30am – 4.30pm,  Wednesday 4 December 2019.  Venue in Leeds tbc.

The Workshop will make you aware of your choices and aid you in your decision making

 Is this Workshop for me?

If  you are retiring imminently or considering retiring within the next 18 months and want to be informed of the issues affecting your retirement you need to plan for your next phase of life.

 By the end of the Workshop you will be able to:

  • Create your own route path from the world of work to the world of retirement
  • Identify changes in both pensions and financial regulations which will affect your retirement decisions
  • Identify the long term issues affecting your retirement
  • Identify personal and lifestyle actions which will help to improve your retirement
  • Start the process of planning for a successful retirementAt True Bearing Chartered we can provide you with comprehensive independent financial advice to improve your financial security.

    To Apply
  1. Please complete an application form which can be downloaded from our website at:-
     http://www.unison-yorks.org.uk/education.html

    Please remember to add the following additional information to your application form where possible:-
  • Name of Employer
  • Name of Pension Provider
  • Date of Retirement
  • Length of Service
    Cost to Branches: £10 so please forward your completed application form to your branch for  approval   unison@sheffield.ac.uk

(Please note that places are limited so this will be confirmed applicants directly)

FREE WILL SERVICE FOR UNISON MEMBERS

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UNISON offers a free standard wills service for members and their partners (if doing a mirror will). We also offer reduced rates for members’ complex wills.

The simplest way to obtain your will is to use our bespoke on line wills service.

Access UNISON’s free will service

UNISON’s online wills service is very straightforward to use, just complete the online questionnaire. The questionnaire with its online guidance will carefully take you through the process. 

We have also negotiated a low-cost wills service for members and their families.

PLEASE RETURN YOUR VOTE

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Why it is important to return  your vote

Please ensure your voice is heard and return your HE Pay Ballot paper.   If you are in the USS you will receive two ballot papers (USS pension dispute ballot and HE Pay ballot).

The results of each ballot has to be shared with your employer so they will  know if our Branch reached the turnout  of 50% or more.

If you haven’t received a ballot paper please contact UNISONDirect on 0800 0857 857.

Regional and Branch colleagues are contacting members to ask if you have voted and to mark you off the contact databases.

There are five higher education trade unions and we are all balloting members on the 2019/20 final pay offer.

All standing together to take a stand on HE pay.

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