UNISON University of Leeds

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Branch Seaside Trip – Important Information

Dear member, The branch seaside trip is finally here, taking place this Saturday (2 July).If you have sent us a booking form and deposit for our free seaside trip, please be assured that you have places for you and your guests.On Saturday, three coaches will depart...

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Member Vote on the University’s Offer

Dear member,Below is the offer the University has made to halt our industrial action next week. We held a members meeting at 12:30 today and those in attendance voted. We are now asking any members who could not attend that meeting to vote on the offer. The...

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***IMPORTANT*** Member Meeting re Strike Offer

***Please note this is the latest update as of 15.06.2022 at 14:00 - this has also been shared by email but there are issues with UNISON's server and members therefore may receive delayed emails with contradicting information*** Dear member, We know many of you saw...

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Welcome to University of Leeds UNISON branch.

We negotiate on behalf of our members for better pay and conditions, help individuals in trouble, and campaign for a safer, fairer University and society. New members and those wanting to get involved are always welcome

UNISON is one of Britain’s biggest union, representing more than 1.3 million members across the UK’s public services.

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Can I access help and advice as soon as I’ve joined UNISON?

Once you’ve joined our Branch, for the first 4 weeks of your membership, you are entitled to up to 30 minutes of advice via email, telephone or face-to-face meeting.  After 4 weeks of membership, you are entitled to the full benefits of UNISON including full representation at formal meetings and legal advice through our Regional Office.

Pre-existing Issues

If you join our Branch with the knowledge that there is already an issue you want to raise with us, or that an incident has already occurred before you joined, you will only be entitled to one 30-minute advice session about this.  This is in line with the UNISON Rule Book, Section K 2 (i) which states: “The member must have been in membership of the union for at least 4 weeks prior to the incident or occurrence that leads to her/him seeking legal assistance from the Union.”.  This rule also applies to those members who have 4 weeks or more of subscription arrears.  Please note, it is the member’s responsibility to ensure subscriptions are paid.

Union membership is not something staff should only have when there is a problem.  All three campus trade unions consult and negotiate policies and procedures on behalf of all staff.  The more members we have, the stronger we are and the more presence we have at the negotiating table. 

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