Winter fuel grant application form for members

Worried about winter fuel bills?

With fuel costs continuing to rise, many members are worried about how they are going to pay this year’s winter fuel bills.  UNISON’s welfare charity There for You is again setting up a limited fund to help members on low incomes with a one-off payment.

The closing date for this scheme is 13 February and applications must be made on the winter fuel grant application form which can be accessed :

  • from the web –  Winter fuel grant application form 
  • by emailing or phoning Jo Ripley (01904 876670), Gelayol Holme (01904 876923) or Dave Thompson (01904 876668) for a copy of the application form (for those who do not have a printer

Applications must be received by the London Unison office by 13 February 2015 (details are on the form).

13 January 2015

Dear Members

In response to queries from a couple of our members with regard to the change of the salary payment date, the UNISON branch Executive agreed to speak with the Head of HR to clarify how the change came about.

A couple of years ago the University had agreed to alter the January pay date following requests from a number of YSJ UNISON members who were finding it very difficult to manage their finances over the December/January period.

In early 2014 the idea of a set pay date was floated at senior leadership level and discussed with the HR and Finance departments who had no objections.  In the meantime, a number of members contacted the branch asking for the possibility of a set date which was forwarded to HR.  In addition, at feedback meetings from the staff survey, two groups of staff spoke to the Head of HR in favour of a set date.  The matter was discussed further at a Staff Joint Consultative Committee liaison meeting where both UNISON and UCU were represented.  UNISON agreed that some of its members had approached branch officers requesting the change.

Please note that the amount we get paid is a part of our contract of employment but the date on which we get paid is not and would not normally be up for consultation, although some consultation did take place.   We believe that the majority of members think that the change is a positive move, particularly for those on lower incomes who have struggled to manage finances over a 5 week period.   We understand that HR confirmed the 22nd of each month with payroll which is in line with the date that most companies pay staff (between 19th and 23rd of the month).

The decision to start the change in February was to alleviate the problem of another five week period.

Please contact the branch at or Jo Thompson from HR if you need advice on changing your direct debits or have other financial issues due to the changed salary date.

Best wishes and Happy New Year

YSJ UNISON Branch Executive

Yorkshire Wildlife Park trip

YSJ Unison branch invites Unison members and their families for a day out at Yorkshire Wildlife Park on Saturday 6 September 2014.

The ticket prices are: Adults £10.50, OAP/Students £8.50, Children between 3 and 15 years £7.50, Children between 2 and 3 years £1 and Children under 2 free entrance.

Places are limited so please hurry if you wish to book by contacting Jo Ripley (0910 876670) or Gelayol Holme (01904 876923). Payment to be made in cash to Jo or Gelayol by 15 August 2014. Coach travel is free and will leave from YSJ main campus at 9am and return around 5pm.

View the poster advertising the event UNISON YORKSHIRE WILDLIFE POSTER

Yorkshire Wildlife Park Web address:





HE Pay – Result

Member Bulletin

HE Pay – Branch Consultation Result

UNISON members have voted overwhelmingly to accept the Higher Education pay offer. Following a period of consultation, 89% of UNISON members voted to ACCEPT the offer, with 11% voting to reject.

UNISON’s Higher Education Service Group Executive (HESGE) met on 30 May 2014 to consider the outcome of the branch consultation. The HESGE has agreed to accept the full and final settlement for 2014 – 15 and end the current dispute with the employers.

The HESGE thank UNISON members for their participation in 3 days of industrial action. Uniting together with other unions fighting against low pay has led to the Living Wage becoming a reality for some of the lowest paid staff in the sector, as well as a 2% salary increase for ALL staff across all pay points for 2014 /15.

The campaign for Fair Pay in Higher Education does not stop here. UNISON will continue its campaign for universities to become Living Wage accredited employers.

Members of staff delivering the student experience and supporting students in higher education deserve to share in the continuing success of the sector. UNISON will continue to campaign for future pay settlements to address the increasing costs of living for our members.

Work is also continuing to address important issues such as the gender pay gap and the growing casualisation in the sector as a result of this year’s pay settlement.

Please see the Full and Final Settlement Offer 2014-15 – 20 May 2014doc

Latest information on HE pay dispute from Unison

Unison has decided to fully consult members, via their branches, to develop a strategy for future action in the HE pay dispute

This decision means that, before any further strike days are called, the service group executive will develop a strategy to maximise the impact of future action and make sure members are only called out when there is likely to be significant impact on higher education institutions.