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15th December 2022

Branch Christmas Competition 2022 - RESULTS

Christmas TreeThe branch held our prize draw for our fantastic Christmas Competition yesterday and we're pleased to announce we now have our three prize winners and fourteen runners up for this year.

This year we had Fifteen £50 Vouchers up for grabs!

Our prize winners draw was overseen by branch committee members, Jim Florence, Shirley Cooper and Abeer Eladany on Thursday and were:

  • Peter Cross; Chris Paterson; Louise Hughes; Julie Houston; Marjory Reilly;
    China Maudlin; Maureen Cooper; Irene Baird; Jan Smith; Margaret McIntosh;
    Lewis McConochie; Annette Davidson; Enrique Olivares; Arlene Jopp; Colin Jamieson.

Our competition this year was a riddle: 

I am a plant seen every Christmas,
which people hang up above,
and then they stand beneath me,
and kiss someone they love.
 
and the answer was "Mistletoe".   Well done to everyone who got the right answer!
 
Congratulations to all our winners, and to everyone out there, have a Happy Christmas and New Year!

Categories: Members | Benefits | Branch


13th December 2022

RGU STRIKE Update - December 2022

In the run-up to the Christmas break, here's another strike update video for you.

Follow us on FACEBOOK - we'll continue to send updates from the picket lines and on the overall dispute.  You can also see some of the photo's and videos from the picket lines this week as well.

Click here and like our page: facebook.com/UNISONAUB We're worth more - we can't afford less!

 

Categories: RGU | Pay | Campaigns | Strike


2nd December 2022

Branch Christmas Competition 2022

Apple iPad ProOnce more we are running our fantastic Christmas Competition, which is open to members only for all our current UNISON members at both the Robert Gordon University and the University of Aberdeen.

This year, fifteen luck winners will receive a voucher code for £50, to use on any shopping vouchers they like from the love2shop redemption website.

Entry is online only this year:

Don’t leave it too late to send your entry before 14th December - enter today!

Categories: Members | Benefits | Branch


28th November 2022

Strike Pay Claim Form

Members who have taken part in the RGU strike action are eligible to claim strike pay from UNISON.  Strike pay will be paid at the national rate, with a small additional supplement from the branch which will be determined once we have all the claims entered.  Strike pay is not taxable, so you are entitled to keep all of it.

The claim form is open for registrations now

Please complete the form as soon as possible - if you have already completed the form, there is no need to do it again.  The form will close for claims on Monday 5th December.  If you have not claimed by then, please contact me directly.
 
You will need your membership number when completing the form.  The link to the form has been emailed to all members - if you have not received it please check your spam folders, or contact Colin Jones at RGU, c.jones@rgu.ac.uk for assistance..

Categories: Pay | Campaigns | Strike


11th November 2022

RGU STRIKE - November Dates

We're Worth More - We Can't Afford Less - Vote YES for Strike Action

STRIKE - Take Action! 

Dates have now been announced for further industrial action at the Robert Gordon University over the derisory 3% pay award this year. 

We are asking all members to take strike action and not attend the workplace on the following dates:

  • Thursday 24th November
  • Friday 25th November

IT IS CRITICAL THAT ALL MEMBERS JOIN THE STRIKE ACTION!! 

Only by standing together to reject the pay offer will anything change.  Enough is enough, and HE members simply can't absorb another below inflation pay rise.  It is time to take a stand and ensure that the university knows that the current pay award is unacceptable.

HE Pay Campaign 2022

Further information and FAQ on industrial action.

Categories: RGU | Campaigns | Branch | Strike


22nd September 2022

RGU STRIKE Update - September 2022

We had a great turnout on the picket lines for our first two days of strike action.  Rather than a long email, I though this time I'd do a short video update for you all - click here to watch it:


Follow us on FACEBOOK - we'll continue to send updates from the picket lines and on the overall dispute.  You can also see some of the photo's and videos from the picket lines this week as well. Click here and like our page: facebook.com/UNISONAUB We're worth more - we can't afford less!

 

Categories: RGU | Pay | Campaigns | Branch | Strike


14th September 2022

RGU STRIKE Update

We're Worth More - We Can't Afford Less - Vote YES for Strike Action

Strike Dates

As previously communicated we are now taking strike action on Tuesday 20th/Wednesday 21st September, and Monday 3rd/Tuesday 4th October.  PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE WORKPLACE ON THESE DATES.  It is vitally important that everyone stands together to reject the pay offer as we look to negotiate an improvement.  Only by standing together will we have an impact.

  • Tuesday 20th September
  • Wednesday 21st September
  • Monday 3rd October
  • Tuesday 4th October

There is no requirement to notify your line manager in advance, and we would ask, for maximum impact that people do not do this, or make any arrangements that might lessen the impact of strike action.

Picket Lines

We need YOU!  We’re asking all members taking action to please come along to picket lines if they are able.  The more members we have on picket lines, the more impact we have.  Picket lines will be in place each strike day from 8am – 12noon.  Please come along to all or any dates and assemble initially at Sir Iain Wood Building where we will deploy to other buildings across campus, depending on numbers.

  • PICKET LINES - Meet at front of SIWB, 8am each strike day.

RGU “Cost of Living Payment”

We were very disappointed that RGU decided to unilaterally announce a cost of living payment to all staff without any negotiation with UNISON today.  We were informed of this decision yesterday, and asked the University to pause and enter into discussions with regard to resolving the current dispute, however that was not forthcoming. 

This payment falls far short of our expectations, and indeed, is already far less than ongoing discussions at other Universities in Scotland.  It does not go anywhere near far enough. 

We have had staff already telling us how angry they are at the University’s decision and timing with this announcement.

Union Strike Pay

Any deductions by the employer for taking strike pay will be made in the October pay run onwards.  We will have details for how to claim UNISON Strike pay for members taking strike action after the 4th October, and prior to the end of the month, which should allow us to make payments by bank transfer to members before the October pay date.  Further information will be made available soon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Download full FAQ document

Categories: RGU | Pay | Campaigns | Strike


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