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Model Email Regarding Returning To On-Campus Work

This is a draft email for members to modify and send to their managers if they feel they are being asked to return without a clear reason behind it. We would encourage all members being asked to return without a good reason to send something along these lines even if you feel relatively relaxed about it –…

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Redundancies threatened at the Guild of Students (6th Aug)

UNISON learned in early August of an ongoing restructure taking place at the Guild of Students, that could potentially lead to up to three members of staff losing their jobs. This comes at a time when most staff are still furloughed and the financial impact on the University is still unclear – it simply makes…

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Advice for “shielding” staff and others with underlying health conditions (6th Aug)

Reposting advice from our Facebook page Government advice throughout the pandemic has been fast changing and sometimes contradictory. Late last week the government indicated that new local restrictions will be put in place across a large area in the North of England, and further loosening of lockdown restrictions have been paused.  While the government maintains that…

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Online members meeting – Tuesday 30th June 1pm-2pm

UoB UNISON will be holding an online members meeting this coming Tuesday at 1pm via Zoom. You should have had the invite to the meeting by email and or text. If you are a member and haven’t had it please contact us on unisonbham@contacts.bham.ac.uk and we’ll send it through to you.  The meeting will discuss…

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The Black Lives Matter movement has been a long time coming – statement from UoB Unison

Many institutions, companies and organisations have been very vocal about racial inequalities in the UK and others just showed up last week. No one is perfect and we know that we- as the UNISON union branch at UoB can and want to do better. We don’t want to take what has been said/talked about and…

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Any return to work needs to be safe

Many workers across the country have understandable concerns following the prime minister’s announcement at the weekend, with its reference to “encouraging” people to return to work. UNISON and other trade unions are clear that a return to work at any workplace can only take place if stringent safety measures are put in place to protect…

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Furlough at the University of Birmingham

What does “furlough” mean? In UK employment law, “furlough” is a new employment status introduced as part of the Coronavirus pandemic. If you are furloughed: You cannot do any work for your employer (though you can take part in training and volunteer, as long as it doesn’t generate income for your employer). Your employer can…

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Update on the Organiser Job Advert

Thank you to all applicants who have submitted an application for the organiser vacancy. We really appreciate the interest in this post. Due to the ongoing lockdown and restrictions on work linked to the Coronavirus pandemic, we’ve taken the really difficult decision to pause the recruitment of this post until the national situation changes. We simply…

Open letter to the University and all members of staff, concerning Cleaning Services
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Open letter to the University and all members of staff, concerning Cleaning Services

Dear All, UNISON in recent weeks (and most recently in a meeting with the Director, Deputy Directors and Heads of HR) has been desperately attempting to gain more information and reassurance around the work staff in Campus Services and particularly Cleaning Services will be doing over the “restricted operations period” due to start at the…