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Branch meeting - Tue 7 June, 1pm in Arts Lecture Theatre 3

We are holding a branch meeting for all members to update and discuss our 2016 pay claim and the campaign for the Real Living Wage. We will have exciting new materials for our pay campaign to give out.

We also have a junior doctor coming to speak about the new Junior Doctors contract and why it’s not safe for patients.

We know this is a busy time of the year, but do please come if you can. The meeting is in your own time.

Pay Claim – It’s time for a pay rise

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.

Download the 2016 Pay Claim

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.

Redundancies - consultative ballot extended to Fri 3 June

Negotiations are on going over redundancies at the moment and we are continuing to support members with redeployment. The consultative ballot was due to finish on 9 May, however we have been unable to distribute ballot papers to everyone and we have therefore extended the closing date for the ballot to Friday 3 June. If you have not yet received a ballot paper, please email Matt Raine or Lee Crutchley (apart from Cleaning Services, as these should be out in the next 7 days).

When you have received your ballot paper, please vote YES to defending our jobs and our livelihoods.

Upcoming training courses!

The following UNISON training courses are starting soon and are free for any branch member to attend:

Click on any of the above courses for more information and to download the application form. If you want to attend a course, the union can help you get time off for these if you would normally be in work. Please contact our Education Officer, Marian Jordan for more information.

You can also apply for the above courses, and browse more courses, at www.learninunisonwm.org.uk