Liam Byrne MP and the Real Living Wage – UoB UNISON welcomes MP’s decision to turn down a Honorary Position at the University of Birmingham

An important step was recently taken by local MP Liam Byrne, who refused to accept the offer of an Honorary Senior Research Fellowship position at the University of Birmingham, explaining that his decision was based on the fact that the University is not an accredited living wage employer. The MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill noted […]

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UNISON Launches a Petition to Bring Edgbaston Park Hotel Staff In-House & End Outsourcing at the University of Birmingham

The petition can be found here:  https://www.change.org/p/david-eastwood-and-richard-metcalfe-end-outsourcing-at-the-university-of-birmingham-and-bring-edgbaston-park-hotel-staff-in-house   In the video below, Mike Moore (joint branch secretary) provides context regarding the working conditions at the Edgbaston Park Hotel. More detailed information: In July 2018, The University of Birmingham opened The Edgbaston Park Hotel, a subsidiary company owned entirely by the University*. Although the Hotel say that […]

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How would you spend your 1p/hour pay rise? This is the ‘reward’ Edgbaston Park Hotel staff have received for next year

Staff employed by Edgbaston Park Hotel (company set up and owned by the University!) have received a…… 1p pay rise…… so that their salaries would be brought up to the national MINIMUM Wage (£8.21). The National Living Wage rate is £9/hour. The University have committed to matching the Living Wage rate for 1 year (after […]

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UoB in the news & The Guardian’s request for submissions of accounts of racism on HE campuses

The Guardian have put out a call for anonymous submissions on the issue of institutional and direct racism on UK university campuses. We encourage you to submit your accounts. They ask: What are your experiences of racism on the UoB campus? Follow this link: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/mar/20/what-are-your-experiences-of-racism-at-university We would also like to bring to your attention a […]

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University of Birmingham named and shamed in the Middle East Solidarity Magazine

UKHE Plc. How British universities are lining the pockets of Middle Eastern autocrats The article reads:  ‘In Dubai, being gay or transgender risks imprisonment, flogging and execution, yet UoB has left staff and students without adequate guidance on what it will do to protect their rights when working or studying in Dubai, union leaders say’. To read the entire article (pp. 18-22), please […]

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