Although we have still not agreed a final settlement for the 2013-14 pay deal, Unison’s national negotiators have already begun talks on next year’s claim with UCEA (the University and Colleges Employers Association) alongside other HE and FE unions, holding the first meeting on 26 March. Donna Row Merriman, Unison Senior National Officer reported:
“A constructive exploration has taken place on the core components of the trade unions’ pay claim and the context for the HE employers. Our positive dialogue will continue, and we will meet again formally on 15 April 2014.”
We will keep the site updated with further news as we hear it.
Unison has decided to fully consult members, via their branches, to develop a strategy for future action in the HE pay dispute http://www.unison.org.uk/news/members-to-be-consulted-on-next-steps-in-higher-ed-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.
Please see Unison’s bulletin to members – countdown to 6 February 2014
Member Bulletin 040214 (2)
The Unison AGM will be held on Wednesday 5 February 2014 at 10.30am in the De Grey Lecture Theatre (DG017).
The agenda, minutes of the last AGM meeting and the Health & Safety Officer’s Report can be accessed below. The unaudited accounts for 2013 will be posted before close of play on 4 February 2014.
Agenda – AGM 5.2.14
YSJ Branch – Unison – AGM Minutes 6.2.13
H&S Report for the 2014 AGM
Unison accounts 31 Dec 2013 (final unaudited for AGM)
Following the first two days of strike action on 31 October and 3 December 2013 UNISON’s Higher Education Service Group Executive has called a further strike day to be held on the 6th February 2014. This will be a joint strike with other HE unions.
For further information on the strike or to help out on the day please email Dave Thomspon, Chair of the York St John Union Branch firstname.lastname@example.org or reply direct to this email which one of the branch officers will pick up. Please access the UNISON website for more detailed information too.
Please support UNISON in its fight for a fair and affordable pay settlement for us all.
There will be a Health and Safety workplace inspection taking place on the 9-12-13 at 9 am. The area which will be inspected will be the main office in the Library Fountains Building.
Any members who would like to raise any concerns or questions please get intouch or speak to me on the day.
We are currently creating a page dedicated to Health and Safety and would welcome any ideas on what members would find usefull, so please get intouch with your thoughts
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.
York St John Unison Chair
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
Tuesday 26 November 2013
Wednesday 27 November 2013
Members who cannot make one of the above meetings can access the Unison blog for the latest information http://blog.yorksj.ac.uk/unison/