NEC elections – make sure you use your vote
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NEC elections – make sure you use your vote

UNISON’s National Executive Council elections open on Monday 17 April. All UNISON members who joined before the 17 January are eligible to vote and you should expect to receive a voting pack to your registered home address, including details of the candidates and a prepaid return envelope.  We’d encourage all members to vote in this very important set of elections…

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UNISON members reject support staff pay proposals

What is going on with pay reform at the University?  Staff at the University of Birmingham will have seen the news that union members have rejected the University’s latest offer on support staff pay reform. There is a lot of misinformation about why this decision was made and where the responsibility lies if the negotiations…

No improvements made to pay and conditions offer – UNISON says reject
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No improvements made to pay and conditions offer – UNISON says reject

On 17 February UNISON members passed a motion calling for urgent improvements to the University’s offer on pay spine reform (and changes to conditions). This gave University management until the start of this week to come back to us. Unfortunately they have confirmed that they are not willing to negotiate at this stage.  While this…

Support staff pay proposals
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Support staff pay proposals

University releases proposals on support staff pay (and conditions) The University has released what they describe as their final offer on support staff pay. All trade unions are now moving to consult their members on the proposals. The committee’s view on them is that while generous for some staff, there remain significant issues with the…

Pay spine talks – explainer and update
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Pay spine talks – explainer and update

What is the pay spine and what are the discussions for? The structure of grades and points is how our pay is organised. Our yearly pay talks mostly involve increasing everyone’s pay by a percentage, but the pay spine talks are more nuanced and include negotiating the pay people begin on, how quickly they move…

How safe are the plans for September?
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How safe are the plans for September?

Update 07.09.21 – Additional point added on areas where face coverings are required As September begins we find ourselves in a broadly similar situation to last year – coming out of a summer where restrictions have been minimal into a new academic year, in which the key driver seems to be to keep things as…

Initial reaction to VC’s email on “transition” to September
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Initial reaction to VC’s email on “transition” to September

While it’s a bit of a relief that Monday will not see radical changes to safety arrangements at the University, there were a couple of issues in the Vice Chancellor’s recent announcement on the University’s plans for the transition period to the start of the new academic year.  Firstly and possibly most urgently there is…

Counselling provision at University outsourced until at least the beginning of new academic year
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Counselling provision at University outsourced until at least the beginning of new academic year

UCU and UNISON, the unions representing mental health support workers at the University of Birmingham, are seriously concerned about changes made to counselling provision at the University last month. After years of underfunding and understaffing the University has elected not to replace counsellors after all but one of the existing post-holders left in March via…