Here are this week’s updates which may be of interest:

  • Carry-over of annual leave – collective grievance – all branch members should have received an email from us with the details of the collective grievance we sent to the University.  We have requested this matter is looked into as a matter of urgency as we are 6 weeks away from the end of the leave year.  We will keep you updated.  If you have any request to carry over leave turned down, please let us know at unison@leeds.ac.uk
  • Time Off In Lieu (TOIL) – TOIL is a University-wide policy for any member of staff who works over their contracted hours; if your manager says it doesn’t apply to you or your area, or it isn’t in place for those WFH, please let us know.  To ensure you can take TOIL, you need to record the extra hours. 
  • Probation – if you have had your probation extended due to WFH or for any other reason, you can request support from your union.  Please email us at unison@leeds.ac.uk and we will be in contact to discuss the matter.
  • Confirmation & Clearing – we are aware that for the last week (and for the next few weeks), Admissions staff have been working harder than ever to ensure that confirmation and clearing runs as smoothly as possible,  We are also aware that the last-minute changes and crash of the telephone systems on the first day of clearing have caused severe stress and mental health issues for staff.  We have requested the University look into this as a matter of urgency.  If you have any feedback you would like to share with us, please email us at unison@leeds.ac.uk
  • Return to Campus – the University have confirmed that further details of which staff will be expected to return to campus in the coming weeks and who will be asked to stay at home to work, will be sent imminently.  If you are asked to return to campus, you should be asked to complete the Return To Campus questionnaire.  We sent out advice on completing the form a couple of weeks ago, but if you have any further questions or concerns, please get in touch.  If you are asked to stay at home and work and feel that you would prefer to work on campus, perhaps due to mental health concerns, you can request this from your line manager and HR; we have been told there will be areas available for staff to come and work in safely.  Please get in touch if you would like our support for these requests.

As always, if you have an issue and would like some advice and support, please contact us at unison@leeds.ac.uk