We hope you and yours are well and staying safe. We’re coming up to 12 weeks since the closure of campus and we’re now starting to see a slow return for certain groups of staff. Here’s some information which may be of interest this week. As always, please do get in contact at unison@leeds.ac.uk if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Cleaning staff – some UoL cleaning staff will be returning to campus next week to start work on a pre-re-entry clean of various buildings. The University will also be considering which other staff it needs on campus, so you may receive a phone call from your manager requesting your return. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please let us know.
  • Reporting Hate Crimes – we’re aware that the following information might not be as widely known as it should be. If you are a victim of, or are witness to a hate crime on campus, please report this in the following way: on the University of Leeds website, click For Staff; click on Equality under the ‘quick links’ section, scroll down and click on ‘Reporting of Equality Related Incidents’. You can follow the instructions to report the incident. We need to ensure all incidents are reported.
  • Unison Campaign ‘Don’t Fail Our Future’ – Unison’s campaign to lobby for extra funding for universities due to CV-19 is under way and you can find further information here. We are aware of a number of institutions that are announcing redundancies and have started short-notice consultation on this with unions, including SOAS University of London. We are sending a message of solidarity to SOAS from our Branch and believe it is essential we show support for all our colleagues in HE across the country during this worrying time for jobs. We will be sharing information about Unison’s campaign on our social media channels.
  • Unison Drop-in Sessions – following the positive feedback from our virtual drop-in session a few weeks ago, the Branch is working hard to create a series of webinars for members to attend virtually in the coming weeks and months. Each session will be built around a theme, such as H&S, gender pay gap, LGBTQ+ etc. We will advertise these sessions along with the dates and how to join when we have further details.
  • Furlough – the last date to furlough any worker has passed. If you have been furloughed and you have any questions or concerns about this, please get in touch.

We hope you and yours are well and staying safe. We’re coming up to 12 weeks since the closure of campus and we’re now starting to see a slow return for certain groups of staff. Here’s some information which may be of interest this week. As always, please do get in contact at unison@leeds.ac.uk if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Cleaning staff – some UoL cleaning staff will be returning to campus next week to start work on a pre-re-entry clean of various buildings. The University will also be considering which other staff it needs on campus, so you may receive a phone call from your manager requesting your return. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please let us know.
  • Reporting Hate Crimes – we’re aware that the following information might not be as widely known as it should be. If you are a victim of, or are witness to a hate crime on campus, please report this in the following way: on the University of Leeds website, click For Staff; click on Equality under the ‘quick links’ section, scroll down and click on ‘Reporting of Equality Related Incidents’. You can follow the instructions to report the incident. We need to ensure all incidents are reported.
  • Unison Campaign ‘Don’t Fail Our Future’ – Unison’s campaign to lobby for extra funding for universities due to CV-19 is under way and you can find further information here. We are aware of a number of institutions that are announcing redundancies and have started short-notice consultation on this with unions, including SOAS University of London. We are sending a message of solidarity to SOAS from our Branch and believe it is essential we show support for all our colleagues in HE across the country during this worrying time for jobs. We will be sharing information about Unison’s campaign on our social media channels.
  • Unison Drop-in Sessions – following the positive feedback from our virtual drop-in session a few weeks ago, the Branch is working hard to create a series of webinars for members to attend virtually in the coming weeks and months. Each session will be built around a theme, such as H&S, gender pay gap, LGBTQ+ etc. We will advertise these sessions along with the dates and how to join when we have further details.
  • Furlough – the last date to furlough any worker has passed. If you have been furloughed and you have any questions or concerns about this, please get in touch.

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In solidarity

Branch Committee