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Branch meeting - Wednesday 7th October, 1pm, Arts Lecture Theatre 1

The meeting is in members own time. If you are on shift, please ask for permission from your line manager to attend. If you have any problems, please contact a UNISON rep. The following issueswill be discussed at the meeting:

1. UNISON General Secretary Election

UNISON are in the process of electing a new General Secretary for the whole of UNISON. Branches have the opportunity to nominate candidates and we will have a vote on who, if anyone, your branch should nominate. The General Secretary is only elected every 5 years, so please come and have your say.

Please feel free to look up candidates in advance:

John Burgess http://johnburgess4gensec.blogspot.co.uk/

Heather Wakefield http://www.heatherwakefield.net/blog

Roger Bannister https://www.facebook.com/roger4gensec/

David Prentis http://www.votedaveprentis.org.uk/

 There may be other candidates we are not aware of, if you want us to add anyone in addition to the 4 candidates above to the voting form please contact Matt at matthewraine@outlook.com by 12pm Tuesday.

 More on the election can be found at https://www.unison.org.uk/about/our-organisation/lay-structure-democracy-and-elections/general-secretary-election-2015/

We have members who wish to speak in favour of us nominating John Burgess. If you wish to speak in favour of another candidate you are welcome to let the committee know before the meeting and we will ensure that equal time is given.

 2. Pay for 2016

Instead of waiting for the spring we want to talk about it now, some initial ideas and what your ideas are on us winning a decent pay rise next year – we have after all made this the Times University of the Year 2013/2014 and the University of the Year for Graduate Employment Best 2015/2016!


Our latest branch newsletter is now out. Look out for a copy in the post or download an electronic version here:

Summer 2015 Newsletter

If you would like extra copies for any colleagues, please contact Lee Crutchley.

Pay ballot results

Here is the result of how you voted in your UNISON Branch ballot on the University pay offer (ballot closed on Friday 25th July):

  • 86% voted to note the pay offer;
  • 13% voted to reject the pay offer;
  • 1% of ballot papers were spoilt.

 The pay offer was:

  • Band 100 =  a 20 pence an hour rise to £7.85 an hour, which is 2.65%
  • Band 200-500 = 2.4% to 1% pay rise, depending on Band & spinal point on the pay spine.

The University will implement the pay rise from 1st August 2015. For those paid monthly it will be in this month's pay.

The campaigning of UNISON and other University support staff trade unions resulted in a final pay offer which was higher than the original offer made by the University. This improved offer was welcomed by Birmingham University UNISON but we remain disappointed that it does not truly reflect the hard work of University Support Staff, however we know it would have been significantly worse if it was not for the action we all took together in 2014.

We are now working on the pay campaign for 2016, jointly with other campus trade unions, to promote a future pay deal which truly reflects the hard work, commitment and professionalism of support staff.

Living Wage

Having secured the equivalent of Living Wage for over 350 low paid staff in August 2014, the campus trade unions led by UNISON, are now negotiating with the University and we are seeking an a permanent commitment by the University to:

  • Pay the Living Wage at the rate inpendently agreed in November by the Living Wage Trust
  • Become an accredited Living Wage employer