School uniform grants for UNISON members

Summer is coming and many UNISON members will be facing the cost of new school uniforms after the holidays. But UNISON is here to help – our welfare charity There for You has a limited fund to help members on low incomes deal with the cost of buying school uniforms, by providing a grant of up to £40.

Families living on low income with children struggle constantly to make ends meet – and this can be particularly acute before the new school year begins when the extra costs hit hard.

And that daily struggle is a reality for too many public-service workers having to get by on low or even minimum wages. So make sure your members know about the help which is available. You can download an application – and members have until 20 July to get it back.

Download the application form for members

Q&A on the grants

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New UCL UNISON Committee

Following our busy AGMs this week, including standing room only at our main AGM, and hosting RVC’s first dedicated AGM, we are pleased to announce our new committee:

Position Name Email
Branch Secretary Jacqueline Sheehan  jacqueline.sheehan@ucl.ac.uk
Branch Chair Yassin Benserghin  y.benserghin@ucl.ac.uk
Treasurer Andre Burbidge  Andre.Burbidge@lshtm.ac.uk
Assistant Treasurer Sarah Alleemudder s.alleemudder@ucl.ac.uk
Equality Officer (joint role) Sarah Alleemudder and Laurie McNamee  s.alleemudder@ucl.ac.uk / l.mcnamee@ucl.ac.uk
Black Members’ Officer Patrick Mugisha  mugishapat@yahoo.com
LGBT Officer Joe Dempster  

josephhdempster@gmail.com

Disabled Members’ Officer Jacqui Sheehan  jacqueline.sheehan@ucl.ac.uk
Membership Officer Stephanie Smith  s.c.smith@ucl.ac.uk
Welfare officer Martin Simukai  

maths1@sky.com

Health and Safety Officer Munyaradzi (Munya) Marisa  gcpnrisa@gmail.com
International Officer Dan Potrykus  d.potrykus@ucl.ac.uk
Education officer Michelle Jarvis  mjarvis@rvc.ac.uk

Many thanks to everyone who attended – full minutes will be sent to members shortly,

Convenors will be elected separately by their own workplaces after the AGM.

 

AGM nominations close 21st February

Remember that if you want to stand to be an officer, workplace rep or health and safety rep, nominations need to be in by 5pm two weeks today!

All members are welcome to put in nominations for all officer positions (shown overleaf) and to nominate themselves to become a workplace representative or health and safety representative. All current representatives and officers must be re-elected.

If you would like to be nominated for a position, you must send us:

  • the nominee’s name
  • the post for which they are nominated
  • the names of both the proposer and seconder, both of whom must be UNISON members

Using the following nomination form by the 21st February 2018

AGM 2018 Nomination Form 

Please send to Jack Phipps, Unison, 1st Floor, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS or to J.Phipps@unison.co.uk no later than 5pm on Wednesday 21st February 2018.

RVC AGM 2018

Due to popular demand from members at the Royal Veterinary College we have added an extra AGM session on RVC campus – this is for the benefit of members who will not be able to easily make the journey to UCL’s Bloomsbury campus.

The RVC AGM will be held on the 12th April in Room G40 Eclipse building, from 1.00pm-2.00pm.

Members are still welcome to attend any of the AGMs in the Bloomsbury campus but please be advised your vote will only be counted once.

For any further info on the AGM process please visit: https://uclunison.wordpress.com/2018/01/17/annual-general-meeting-agm-2018-11-april/

For any information on RVC-specific issues please contact Derek Mills on demills@rvc.ac.uk

 

Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2018: 11 April

We are pleased to invite you to attend the forthcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) which will take place at the following times and dates:

 

Main AGM:

Wednesday, 11th April 2018

               1.00 pm – 3.00 pm

David Davies Lecture Theatre,

G08 Roberts Building (Engineering)

WC1E 7JE 

 

 Early morning AGM for shift workers:        

                                                    Wednesday, 11th April 2018

                                             8am – 9am

                                           Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way

WC1H 0AL

 

 

Evening AGM for shift workers:         

                                                    Wednesday, 11th April 2018

                                             8pm – 9pm

                                         Garwood Lecture Theatre, 9 South Wing

WC1E 6BT

 

 You can attend whichever AGM is most convenient – you only need to attend one AGM as your vote will only be counted once.

 The AGM is an important meeting of all UNISON members. It is an opportunity to have your say, hear reports on branch activity, branch finances, future goals for UCL UNISON and the work of the Officers and workplace representatives who have supported some of you throughout the year. There will also be elections for branch officer positions and stewards.

All members are welcome to put in nominations for all officer positions (shown overleaf) and to nominate themselves to become a workplace representative or health and safety representative. All current representatives and officers must be re-elected.

If you would like to be nominated for a position, you must send us:

  • the nominee’s name
  • the post for which they are nominated
  • the names of both the proposer and seconder, both of whom must be UNISON members

Using this nomination form:

AGM 2018 Nomination Form 

Please send to Jack Phipps, Unison, 1st Floor, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS or to J.Phipps@unison.co.uk no later than 5pm on Wednesday 21st February 2018.

 Nominations are welcome for all positions and if there is more than one nomination for a branch officer position a secret ballot will be conducted and results announced at the AGM.

Convenors will be elected by workplace representatives after the AGM.

Please make every effort to attend and support your union. There will be food and refreshments for all.  If you have any special dietary or access needs, please contact Jack Phipps on J.Phipps@unison.co.uk

The following positions are elected at AGM:

Chair                                                      

Secretary                                            

Treasurer                                            

Assistant Treasurer

Education Co-ordinator                      

Lifelong Learning Co-ordinator          

Equality Officer                                  

Health and Safety Officer                   

Communications Officer

International Officer

Membership Officer     

Black Members Officer

LGBT Members Officer

Young Members Officer

Women’s Officer  

Welfare Officer     

Retired Members’ Secretary

Workplace Representatives

Health and Safety Representatives

 

We look forward to seeing you there.

There For You – Winter fuel grants 2017/18

With rising fuel costs and another cold winter many members are worried about how they’re going to pay this year’s winter fuel bills.

In addition to our normal range of services and in response to the growing difficulty many members on low incomes are experiencing paying their fuel bills, a programme has been put in place that will assist our most vulnerable members.

There for You has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low incomes with a one-off payment of up to £50. To apply and download the application form visit www.unison.org.uk/thereforyou or contact the branch office.

 

#MeToo

If you’re on social media you may have seen your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram filling with #MeToo over the last few days. The hashtag is being used by women following the widespread coverage of allegations of sexual abuse and harassment allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. It is intended to give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem – sexual harassment and abuse are not rare aberrations but sadly are commonplace in society.

We stand by all the women who shared their experiences as part of the #MeToo awareness campaign. We stand by all the women who have experienced sexual harassments or assault but didn’t feel ready or confident to share those experiences. We stand by those woman who are so frustrated by the fact we still have to have campaigns like this.

The TUC study, Still just a bit of banter?, which was carried out in with the Everyday Sexism Project, found that:

  • nearly one in three women have been the subject of unwelcome jokes of a sexual nature at work;
  • more than one in four women have been the subject of comments of a sexual nature about their body or clothes at work;
  • nearly a quarter of women have experienced unwanted touching;
  • a fifth of women have experienced unwanted verbal sexual advances at work;
    around one in eight women have experienced unwanted sexual touching or attempts to kiss them at work.

UNISON nationally and locally are committed to supporting individuals who are the victims of sexual harassment and abuse. We also are part of a movement challenging a culture which encourages or ignores predatory behaviour at work and beyond.

Following our survey on sexism at work, we will be organising meetings to share the findings and talk about how to identify, name and act on sexist behaviour in the workplace. If you are interested in helping organise these meetings in your workplace, please contact our Branch Secretary at unison@ucl.ac.uk

If there is any issue at work which you want to discuss in confidence contact your local steward unison@ucl.ac.uk or UNISON Direct on 0800 085 7857 and a representative will be allocated to you.