Here is our weekly round-up of news.  As always, please contact us at unison@leeds.ac.uk if you need any support or advice.

  • General Secretary Election – we’re coming to the end of the voting period for the General Secretary election.  Please ensure you post your ballot paper in time for the Friday, 27 November deadline for all votes to be received.  The Branch nominated Paul Holmes as a candidate for General Secretary and our 100-word statement on this nomination is as follows:

The Branch Committee voted for Paul Holmes based on his detailed candidate statement as well as the answers he gave at the regionally organised hustings, his current position as a lay member of UNISON as a Branch Secretary, his commitment to increasing the funding of Branches, his promise to only take his current working wage as his salary (£32,000) and his strong commitment to fighting for members.  We are supportive of the prospect of change that Paul can deliver within UNISON’s leadership and how this will positively impact Branches and members. (91 words).

  • Pay Consultation – thanks to everyone who attended our pay consultation meeting on Tuesday, 17 November, we hope you found it informative.  The pay consultation ballot is open until Monday, 30 November, so if you have not already voted, you can do so here: scroll down the page to the purple ‘Vote Now’ button to vote.  You will need your membership number which is at the bottom of this email or your surname, date of birth and NI number to verify your membership.  Once you have voted, please let us know at unison@leeds.ac.uk and we can ensure your name is taken off the Regional list and you will not receive a phone call regarding the vote.  We are asking members to vote to reject the 0% pay freeze: it is a pay cut and we believe all HE staff deserve a decent and fair pay rise this year.  A strong turnout for this consultation will push the employer back to the negotiating table.
  • Trans Day of Remembrance Vigil on Friday, 20 November – today is Transgender Day of Remembrance and the University’s LGBT+ Staff Network will be holding a vigil for those Trans folk who’ve been taken from us in the past year. Please feel free to come and go and stay as long as you like. The vigil will run from 12 – 1pm and the link to the event is here: Click here to join the meeting
  • Christmas Raffle – our Christmas Raffle is a bit different this year: all members will have one entry to the raffle as a thank you for your generous donations to Trussell Trust over the past couple of years.  If you don’t want your name to be included in the raffle, please let us know by Monday, 30 November by emailing unison@leeds.ac.uk.  You can of course make your own individual donations to a foodbank, either by donating food via a supermarket etc or by making a financial donation to a foodbank online.  We will be holding the draw for the raffle online through Collaborate Ultra on Wednesday, 2 December at 12 noon – come along if you’d like to attend the live draw!  Prizes this year are Love2Shop vouchers: 10 x £10, 5 x £25, 4 x £50, 2 x £100 and 1 x £250.  If you are one of our lucky winners, we will contact you for your details and we will order your voucher to be delivered to you.
  • Next Member Meetings – we have two up-coming member meetings:

Tuesday, 1 December12:30-1:30pm – all members Meeting Link
Monday, 7 December 12:30-1pm ***TRINITY MEMBERS*** –  Meeting Link

If you have any ideas for topics you would like us to cover in these meetings or questions you’d like to submit in advance, please contact us at unison@leeds.ac.uk  On Tuesday, 1 December, our Equalities Officers will be giving an update on what they’ve been working on over the last few months.  We hope to see you there!

  • UNISON Survey: Working from Home – UNISON are running a survey for all members who are currently working from home, so we can approach the employer with the issues which are affecting members.  If you would like to take part, you can do so here.
  • Springboard – The University’s Springboard course is now open for application for the January intake.  If you would like more details you can find these here.