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.
Important branch meetings this week!
At these meetings, we'll discuss and vote on what steps to take next. Find out more in our most recent strike bulletin.
- Tuesday 11th February 1.00pm, Arts Lecture Room 7
- Tuesday 11th February 5.00pm, Watson Building Room 310
- Weds 12th February 8.00am, Law Lecture Theatre 3
- Weds 12th February 9.00am, Law Lecture Theatre 3
Remember the 1% pay 'rise' isn't just for this year but according to the University for the foreseeable future - regardless of inflation, the cost of Living or University financial and academic performance.
You have voted strongly in support of both strike action and action short of strike in the ballot over the imposition of the 1% pay award. UNISON have written to you formally with the full results and notified the University of the outcome.
The Result was
Yes to Strike action 79.9%
Yes to Action short of a strike 85.3%
Support fund application
Find out how to apply for financial support during the strike.
Support from students
“Support staff make our studies possible, so paying them the Living Wage is the least the university can do.” – Tom Wragg, Vice President (Democracy and Resources)
"I find it disgusting that I attend a university which does not pay its staff enough to live off while the management earn hundreds of thousands of pounds a year. The inequality is sickening. The Living Wage should be implemented immediately" - Pat Grady. 3rd Year Political Science.
"If we're one of the best Universities in the country, why can't we pay our hard-working staff the Living Wage?" - Alex Deam, Media Miniforum Guild Councillor
“Just before christmas our lovely Vice Chancellor sent an email out to staff thanking them for their hard work and for their help in becoming University of the Year. He was right, if there is anyone who deserves this award then it is the cleaners, the librarians, our departemental staff, security and all other employees at this university who work incredibly hard every day and night to make sure that all of us have a safe place to learn in." - Deborah Hermanns, European Politics, Society and Economics, International Students Guild Councillor, NUS delegate
Find out more on our Pay & industrial action 2013/14 page.
Your UNISON committee are preparing a campaign for the Living Wage. We think it is morally wrong that a University with the size and reputation of Birmingham won't pay a living wage to staff. If you would like to get involved in organising or helping on this campaign please get in touch.
Following concerns raised about the University's apparent failure to follow its redeployment policy in a number of areas we are currently preparing a Freedom of Information request on this issue.
2013 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.
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.
Read about Birmingham University’s union and view the Campaigns section and our News pages to gain insight into UNISON and find out what we’re up to.
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