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Your branch AGM 2017

Your UNISON AGM is on Wednesday 25th January at 2pm, with food served beforehand from 1.15pm. Your AGM is your opportunity to raise issues that matter to you, stand for your UNISON branch committee, vote for who you want to be your branch officers, set branch policy and prioritise the work of your UNISON branch. If you want to add anything to the agenda, please contact anyone on your current branch committee. We will also have a guest speaker coming who will be confirmed nearer the AGM.

The AGM is at: 2pm - 4pm Wednesday 25 January 2017,  Muirhead G.15. Food and light refreshments will be provided before the AGM from 1.15pm.

Time off to attend

You are allowed 2 hours paid time off work to attend the AGM. This should not be unreasonably refused by your line manager however we recognize not everyone can attend from each area.  Please let your line manager know you want to attend as soon as possible. If you have any questions or problems please contact us.


  • Guest speaker(s)
  • 2017 pay claim
  • Performance management and the PDR scheme
  • Stand up to Racism motion
  • NEC branch nominations
  • Elections to the branch committee


  • Nominations, including branch officers and branch delegates to your UNISON Higher Education and your National UNISON conference: Monday 23 January 2017, 1pm
  • Motions: Wednesday 18 January 2017, 12pm
  • Amendments to motions: Monday 23 January, 5pm

Please email them to Lee Crutchley (l.crutchley@bham.ac.uk) once completed.

Motions and Agenda Items

Pay 2017

The AGM will vote on a motion for the pay claim on 2017. You can download the motion here. We have also attached a new proposed pay spine.

Amendments from members are welcome, and should be emailed to Lee Crutchtley by Monday 23rd January at 5pm.

Pay 2016

The members' meetings before Christmas voted to recommend we accept last year's pay deal. You will get a tear off slip in the post to vote on the pay rise, please post it back or bring it to the AGM.

Performance management

We are aware of a new performance management scheme which Arts and Law want to bring in for all staff.  We will be discussing this at the AGM, as this has implications for all staff across the University.

Stand up to Racism

A motion regarding Stand up to Racism will be voted on at the AGM. You can download the motion here.

Amendments from members are welcome, and should be emailed to Lee Crutchtley by Monday 23rd January at 5pm.


All nominations should be made using the Branch Nomination Form, which you can download here. Please follow the instructions on the form to submit your nomination. All nominations should be received by Monday 23 January 2017, 1pm.

Branch Officer nominations

All Branch Officer positions will be up for election at the AGM. We are always looking for more people to get involved, so please get in touch or complete the nomination form if you or someone you know would be interested in playing a more active role in your branch.

Branch Delegates to UNISON Higher Education and national conference

UNISON Higher Education conference 2nd March, Bournemouth. The Unison Higher Education conference debates and votes on issues that affect members working in Higher Education. Any branch member can put themselves forward to go, you don't have to be on the branch committee.

Up to 5 delegates, of which at least 3 must be women, 1 must be low paid (below £9.42 per hour) and 1 must be 26 or under. This means there are 2 places that can be filled by anyone.

UNISON National Delegate conference

The UNISON national conference debates and votes on issues affecting members across the whole of UNISON, everything from pensions to the NHS and schools, equality issues and international policy.The conference sets UNISON policy for the next 12 months (1 Delegate. This can be a job share if one person is female) - Tuesday 20th June - Friday 23rd June, Brighton)

The branch will pay for all travel, childcare and food expenses for delegates to these conferences. You just need to get annual leave booked, we sort the rest.

NEC Elections

Your UNISON National Executive council is responsible for taking decisions throughout the year for the whole of UNISON. Any member can stand for election and branches can nominate individuals to stand. At the AGM you will be given a ballot with the names of everyone who has written to the branch asking for us to nominate them. Your outgoing branch committee will put a recommendation to the meeting and share a lot more information with you at the meeting as well.

Living Wage campaign featured in Birmingham Mail

The Birmingham Mail have covered our campaign for a Real Living Wage at the University of Birmingham - click here to read the article.

The article also includes a video from a recent protest outside the new university library, during which more than 20 cleaners called for the university to commit to paying all its staff a fair wage and keep them above the poverty line.

Your Summer 2016 Newsletter is Out!

Look out for a copy of the latest branch newsletter in the internal post - for any additional copies, contact Lee Crutchley. You can also download an electronic version below:

2016 Pay Claim - It's Time For A Pay Rise!

2016 UNISON along with UNITE and GMB have put in a joint pay claim for a 5% pay rise with the demand that the starting rate of pay should be £8.25 per hour, in line with the current real Living Wage. You can download the pay claim below, please print this off for other staff and why not ask them to join us at the same time? Over 650 staff at the University are now UNISON members, let’s keep shouting louder together for fair pay.

We are now waiting for a response from the University and 2 meetings have so far been arranged between the trade unions and the University on the 8th June and 12th July and we will keep you updated.

Nationally, UNISON yesterday voted to rejected an offer from the employers of 1.1% for most staff, and the academics' union UCU are planning on taking industrial action on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th May unless an improved pay offer is made by then. We will be sending out advice next week on how we can lawfully support UCU if their strike goes ahead.