Consultation now open on University offer
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Consultation now open on University offer

Updated Friday 21 June. After serious consideration by both the committee and members in our latest meeting on Friday 7 June, our consultation on the offer from the University is now open. You will receive your voting link by email, with a text voting link to follow shortly afterwards for those who would prefer to…

UCU and UNISON statement on the Gaza Encampment
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UCU and UNISON statement on the Gaza Encampment

Joint statement from the UCU and UNISON branch committees We are writing in response to Adam Tickell’s message from the VC. He has announced that the university has decided to seek legal action against its own students based on their peaceful, disciplined and orderly protest. This protest asks us to not turn our gaze from…

Strike action 20, 21 and 22 March – all you need to know
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Strike action 20, 21 and 22 March – all you need to know

UNISON support staff at the University of Birmingham are due to take three days of strike action this week. At well attended meetings on Thursday, members unanimously backed the committee’s plans for action on the 20, 21 and 22 March. Members in the meeting expressed frustration at the University’s continuing refusal to engage in negotiations…

Strike action called for 20, 21, 22 March
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Strike action called for 20, 21, 22 March

As we mentioned in our last post, the reballot for our dispute about pay and conditons at the University closed in February and our members made a clear decision to continue strike action, for the pay and terms and conditions we all deserve. In our most recent members’ meeting, members expressed very clearly that: We…

We did it! Members vote overwhelmingly to strike again
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We did it! Members vote overwhelmingly to strike again

We’ve proven that we can do it, again! Huge congratulations to every one of our members for an outstanding result. On Wednesday we were notified that 92% of those voting in our reballot said yes in favour of taking further strike action, if we aren’t offered an improved offer from the University in our pay and conditions dispute. The…

Impact of cost of living crisis on members
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Impact of cost of living crisis on members

Rates of pay at the University dropped below the real living wage rate last month – there are now hundreds of band 200 and grade 2 staff (including those on the University’s new pay scale) who are being paid less than the amount the independent Living Wage foundation has assessed they need to meet essential…

Our response to the VC’s comments on our strike
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Our response to the VC’s comments on our strike

The VC’s view of our dispute In August and September HR maintained that “negotiations were over” and our Vice Chancellor, Adam Tickell, was doing his best to pretend the dispute wasn’t happening at all.  Professor Tickell has since broken a long silence on our action, first during a visit to our pickets last Tuesday and…