Here’s this week’s branch update:
 

  • Strike Ballot Results – the strike ballot on the 0% pay “offer” ended on Tuesday and, unfortunately, we did not reach a 50% turnout at the University of Leeds or Leeds Arts University.  This means that there will be no further action taken on the 2020 0% pay offer from the branch.  We know that we had the largest actual turnout in the country and our Committee would like to say a huge thank you to all who voted; due to the restrictions imposed by the Tory Trade Union Act every vote cast, is important.

If you have any feedback on how your branch could have communicated better about the ballot, we would appreciate your thoughts so we can learn lessons for the next time. 
We are disappointed that we couldn’t reach a 50% turnout, especially when we know the University of Leeds could afford a decent and fair pay rise for all staff.
A little context: you may have heard that the University is making an offer to several hundred applicants, who achieved their grades for entry this year, asking them to defer. When the amount of money being offered is added to the offer on free accommodation for their deferred first year of study, the branch believes that the final bill to the University will be in the region of £6-10m. Add this to the £22m the University says it has saved due to the pandemic closure, not to mention the 80% government furlough payments for some University staff throughout the pandemic…in this context the 0% pay settlement stings even more.
 

  • Online Member Meetings – we have two upcoming member meetings next week.  Please do come along to hear updates or talk to us about an issue at work.


TRINITY MEMBERS – Monday, 16 August: 12.30 – 1pm Meeting Link
 
ALL MEMBERS’ MEETING – Tuesday, 17 August: 12.30 – 1.30pm Meeting Link
 
We will be discussing the outcome of the strike ballot, pay and grading at Tuesday’s meeting, so please come along if you have any questions.  You can submit questions for either meeting in advance by emailing unison@leeds.ac.uk

  • Signage on campus – if you’re currently working on campus and have noticed H&S Covid signs disappearing or not being where you think they should be, please let us know by emailing unison@leeds.ac.uk
  • ODPL/LOGIK Centre Career Planning Sessions – ODPL LOGIK are offering Career Planning sessions for Staff in Grade 2 to 4 roles, online via Teams on the following dates:

Tuesday 24 August 2021, 2.30 to 4.00pm
Thursday 26 August 2021, 9.30 to 11.00am
Friday 27 August 2021, 2.00 to 3.30pm.

The duration of each session will be 90 minutes and you only need to attend on one of the dates.
If you are interested in more information about the programme please email peopledev@leeds.ac.uk or if you wish to book a place on a session please click on the following link:  https://uolr3.leeds.ac.uk/temcatsearch(bD1lbiZjPTUwMA==)/courses.htm?gd_keywords=carprog&sort=begda

  • ITUC Day of Action and TUC Education on Climate – Here are two great union initiatives for any members interested in getting involved with action on climate change at work:
    • ITUC Day of Action to Climate and Employment Proof Our Work (CEPOW) is coming up on September 22nd. Here is the link to sign-up to participate: https://petitions.ituc-csi.org/cepow
    • TUC Education: Climate action in the workplace
      This new 15-minute online learning module is a guide to what you need to do to organise members and begin a dialogue with management. It fits very well with the ITUCs Climate and Employment Proof Our Workplace (CEPOW) initiative setting September 22nd as a date to make a formal approach. Alongside the course, there is short survey where reps and activists can tell the TUC what other training or support they’d like to see, to help determine what future courses it puts on. The wider the response, the more they’ll be able to do. See details in this TUC blog:  It’s time to talk about climate leadership at work | TUC

As always, if you would like advice and support about a workplace issue, please contact us at unison@leeds.ac.uk or contact your local rep or Branch Officer.

Follow us at:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LeedsUniUnison/
Follow: @UoLUnison
Instagram: www.instagram.com/uolunison/