Welcome to Birmingham University UNISON

UNISON represents professional staff at the University of Birmingham, including both support staff and academic related staff, either directly employed by the University or by private contractors. We negotiate for better pay and conditions collectively - for all our support staff, UNISON members or not - we help individuals in trouble and campaign for a fairer, better society - we put jobs and education before profit.

We have submitted a Joint Pay Claim with UNITE and GMB for 2015 to the University following the members meeting in February.

Pay claim 2015

The Pay claim calls for:

  • A 5% Pay Rise for all staff
  • An additional increment point for band 100 (Currently there are no semi- automatic increments for band 100 staff)
  • For the University to become a Living Wage employer

It is clear that the University can afford to pay staff more, having had a  7% rise in income in the last year and awarding the Vice Chancellor a £32 000 bonus. Our strength is in numbers so please ask friends and colleagues to join UNISON!

Pay negotiations are due to start on Tuesday 31st March and we will keep you updated.

Winter fuel grant 2015

If your household net income is under £18,000 a year, you might be eligible for a winter fuel grant of up to £40. Please see the application form.

Living Wage

Having secured the equivelent 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 committment 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

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Library - UNISON ask for committment to no compulsory redundancy's and agreement on staffing levels

UNISON met Library management in July. We have asked for guarantee's that no staff will be made redundant and for an agreement on staffing levels. The Library management have not agreed to this but have given assurances their intention is to avoid redundancy's. UNISON will continue to push this forward as an urgent issue. For more information see the latest UNISON Library Newsletter or contact Michael Moore your UNISON Library steward.


After mass grievances were submitted earlier this we have agreed the following with the University:

  • A draft overtime has now been agreed. This will now go to a cleaners meeting for approval (or not) before being implemented. 
  • Unconscious bias training will be rolled out to cleaning staff to deal with some of the diversity issues raised
  • Revised PDR guidelines that make the scheme relevant to cleaner will also go to a cleaners meeting for approval
  • A new cleaners newsletter will be out soon

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School uniform grant

Grants for help buying School uniforms have now closed but There for You, UNISON's charity dedicated to helping UNISON members are always around to help. You can call them on 020 7121 5620 or for debt advise freephone 0800 389 3302

2014 training courses now available to book

Information on how to book onto a course is in the Development & Learning Page. Many of the courses run in the evenings, helping you to fit them around your working day.

University of Birmingham student on Newsnight

Following the student demonstration in London on 21st November 2012, University of Birmingham student Alice Swift appeared on Newsnight and talked about threatened departmental and course closures here.

You can see the clip on Youtube and the entire episode is available to view on the BBC iPlayer.

Mirror newspaper reports on low pay in UK universities

"A miserly 11 pay only the minimum wage of £6.08 an hour, a study of 103 institutions reveals today.

"And 56% pay less than the Living Wage – the minimum needed for essentials and a decent lifestyle – which is £7.20 outside London and £8.30 an hour in the capital."

Read the full report at Mirror Online.




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