Important Information on 3.12.13 strike action

Dear Member

Unison are asking you to take strike action on 3 December 2013 as, unfortunately, last minute talks that took place on November 26th between the Joint Unions and UCEA, the employers’ representatives, failed to resolve the Higher Education pay dispute. UCEA said the employers could not afford more than this even though their own accounts show differently. Universities appear to have plenty of money for improving facilities and increasing Vice Chancellors’ wages but not to pay our members a fair and affordable pay settlement.

As we have stated before, this strike is not just about our low paid members but about the annual attack that all our members have suffered on the value of their pay due to well below cost of living pay rises. We know that because of that it is not easy to take strike action but Unison, along with the other unions who are taking strike action, believe that if we do not take action now then this devaluation of our members wages will continue year after year.

Unison York St John branch members will be picketing university entrances between 8.00 and 12.00 on 3 December 2013. Please join us if you are able to. We will be meeting in front of the Fountains building just before 8am. If this is too early for you then please join us later at one of the entrances to the University. There has been an offer of tea and coffee from the Students’ Union.

Please support Unison in the fight for a fair and affordable settlement for all our members in Higher Education.

Best Wishes
Dave Thompson
York St John Unison Chair

UNISON MEETINGS to further inform members of the pay settlement and industrial action

York St John Unison branch Committee are holding a number of short meetings to keep members fully up to date with this year’s pay settlement and also to discuss the planned industrial action on December 3rd.  Please try to make it to one of the meetings as this is an extremely important issue that affects all our members no matter what grade they are on.

Please come along to one of the sessions listed below where Unison Executive staff will be able to provide advice on the reasons and preparation for the industrial action.

You can also use the sessions to ask the Unison Executive about any other Unison matters.

Monday 25 November 2013

10.00-10.15 Skell 128
12.00-12.15 Skell 128

Tuesday 26 November 2013

10.15-10.30 Skell 037
12.15-12.30 Skell 128
16.45-17.00 Skell 128

Wednesday 27 November 2013

13.00-13.15 Skell 128
16.30-16.45 Skell 128

Members who cannot make one of the above meetings can access the Unison blog for the latest information


Further industrial action – 3 December 2013

As you may have heard via email, further strike action will be taken on 3 December 2013 unless agreement over this year’s pay settlement is reached.   

Please visit the Unison webpages for more information

We will be in touch shortly to keep you updated with any developments.  If anybody has any queries please contact the YSJ branch executive – members are listed on this site. 

Best wishes
Dave Thompson, Chair of York St John UNISON branch



The NHS Bill


Just a quick note to say that our folks at national level has asked us to draw your attention to the campaign against the very damaging NHS Bill.

You can find out more about the Bill and why it is such a disaster here:

You can also take positive action by completing this petition: or by visiting this page on the unison web site:

AGM 2012: 10:30, Friday 30th March @ Fountaints Lecture Theatre



It’s that time of year again and our branch AGM is almost upon us.  The AGM will be taking place on Friday 30th March at 10:30am – 12:30 in the Fountains Lecture Theatre (FT/002).  HR have been informed and will be contacting managers to encourage them to make every effort to ensure that everyone can attend.  If you are unable to attend for some reason please let us know so that we can do our best to make the event as accessible as possible buth this time and in future years.


Last year’s minutes are available at If you are unable to access them for some reason then please speak to one of our union representatives (listed below) and they can arrange for you to get a paper copy.  A limited number of copies will also be available on the day.


The agenda this year follows the usual pattern and is currently as follows:


  • Apologies
  • Minutes of the 2011 AGM
  • Matters arising from the minutes
  • Chair’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Health and Safety Report
  • Other items:
    • Amendments to branch constitution
      • To allow multiple people to hold the role of Branch Secretary.
  • Honoraria: Do we keep them or drop them?
    • If we keep them, are the current levels appropriate?
  • Pensions: we hope to have an offer from the government to discuss with you by the AGM.
  • Smoking Policy
  • Election of Branch Officers
  • Any other business or points of interest from the floor


If there are any items you would like added or clarified please let us know.  If you wish to nominate or second anyone for a position as a branch office and are unable to attend the AGM in person then please let us know either by email ( or by contacting one of your representatives (listed below) who will be able to assist you in making a nomination.


Lastly – please note that the current branch constitution can be found at and if you require it in printed format please contact us directly at or via one of our representatives (listed below)






Dave Thompson Chair 01904 87 6668
Anna Herbert Deputy Chair 01904 87 6542
Gareth Jenkins Branch Secretary 01904 87 6909
Ken Scott Treasurer 01904 87 6676
Pieter Smit Membership Secretary 01904 87 6908
Linda Wilson Health and Safety Rep 01904 644578
Monty Feather Health and Safety Rep 01904 87 6706
Hazel Eldred Workplace Representative 01904 87 6926
Keith Vasey Workplace Representative 01904 87 6668
Paul Oldroyd Workplace Representative 01904 410180

You can also contact us via our official mailbox: