Category: Events

Unison UWS Branch AGM 2018

Unison UWS Branch AGM 2018

This year’s branch Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place by video conference on Tuesday 27th March 2018 at 12.30pm in the following locations…

  • Comm room 1 of Ayr campus
  • W12 in Dudgeon house of Dumfries campus
  • Boardroom 2 of Hamilton campus
  • D124 of Paisley Campus

Members are invited to attend from all campuses. A £5 lunch voucher will be issued to members in attendance and can be used at any UWS catering facility.

Proposals for agenda items, motions and committee volunteers should be made to the branch Secretary by 4pm on 23rd March 2018.

For more information email or call 0141 848 3934


Winter Fuel Grant Launched

There for You’s Winter Fuel Grant launches today (Thursday 1st December 2016) and runs until the closing date of 17th February 2017

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. Help is on hand “There for You” has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low income by way of a one-off payment of up to £50.
To apply and download the application form visit

Please note that this year eligibility now includes those in receipt of housing benefit and the amount of the grant has risen from £40 to £50 per eligible household. Applications without a membership number and the relevant documentation attached will not be processed. Applicants must have paid a minimum of 4 weeks subscriptions before 1st December 2016 to apply.

Priority will be given to those who have not previously received this grant and no grants will be paid out until after the closing date of 17th February 2017.

See the winter fuel grant FAQ’s here in pdf.

UNISON recruitment event 25 October on Paisley Campus

UWS branch of UNISON is holding a recruitment event today (Tuesday 25 October 2016) at Paisley Campus, with the offer of a free tea/coffee and cake.
If you know someone at UWS Paisley Campus who has been thinking of joining UNISON then please encourage them to come along and find out about the benefits of membership to one of the UK’s largest trade unions.
We will have a stand in the new student hub area from 8.30-11am and then in A Block from 11.30-2pm, so drop-by to say hello and bring a non-member colleague along for a chat.
If you are not a Paisley-based staff member and would like to help recruit members on your campus please email for advice and recruitment materials.
If you feel you’ve been treated unfairly, or are facing difficulties at work, then we’re here to help.
We will work to ensure your rights are protected and that you have a safe environment to work in.
In these uncertain times there’s never been a better time to join UNISON.
For as little as £1.30 a month our members get:
• advice, support and help at work
• a helpline that is open until midnight
• legal help for you at work and your family at home
• plus a wide range of exclusive member discounts.

St Andrew’s Day Anti-Racism March and Rally 26 November

St Andrew’s Day Anti-Racism March and Rally 26 November

A march and rally ‘No Racism: Protecting Rights, Defending Communities’ will take place in Glasgow on Saturday 26 November 2016 March.
Speakers on the day include: Angela Constance MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities Social Security and Equalities; Satnam Ner, STUC Vice-President; Judith Robertson, Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission; and Talat Ahmed, Stand Up To Racism.
Gather at Glasgow Green: 10:30
March off: 11.00am
Rally at Glasgow Film Theatre: 12 noon

2016 Pay Event Wednesday 31 August

2016 Pay Event Wednesday 31 August

Since 2008 your pay has failed to keep up with the cost of living. This year employers have offered 1.1% for the majority of staff*. UNISON has rejected the offer and is now balloting members for strike action.
In 2014/15 Universities could afford an average pay rise of 6.1% for vice chancellors. It’s clear that pay austerity for some staff is a choice being made by Universities. It’s time they invested more in their greatest asset – you.
This week UWS Branch of UNISON will be talking to members about the pay offer and handing out cup-cakes on Wednesday 31 August from 11am to 1pm. There will also be a presentation and discussion on the pay offer in L212 between 1pm and 2pm featuring Unison’s Area Organiser.

Look out for UNISON reps in the Ayr and Hamilton Campuses and come along to L Block entrance (next to the Library entrance) on Paisley Campus to pick up your free cup-cake. Do invite colleagues who are non-members to participate and encourage them to join UNISON.
UNISON believes the only way to get an improved pay offer from the employers is for members to take strike action so please vote ‘yes’ when you receive your ballot papers.

Vote now and make sure your voice is heard.

EU referendum today – remember to use your vote

Today, Thursday 23 June, UNISON members will be joining the rest of our communities in making this once in a generation decision. UNISON has weighed up the arguments – and for rights at work, public services and jobs, UNISON believe that on balance staying in Europe is best.

But however you vote today, remember to use your vote and make your voice heard.

UCU Industrial Action 25 and 26 May 2016

On 25 and 26 May UCU members working in most universities in the UK will be taking strike action in response to the pay offer the Higher Education employers UCEA.
UNISON encourages members in universities to support their UCU colleagues on picket lines and lunchtime protests.
However, UNISON members in universities have not been balloted and therefore they are advised to continue with their normal duties and responsibilities. UNISON members should not take on any additional responsibilities given to them as a result of the UCU industrial action.

Continue reading “UCU Industrial Action 25 and 26 May 2016”

Annual General Meeting (AGM) – Thursday 31st March 2016

The branch’s AGM will take place at 12:30pm by video conference at the following venues:

  • Ayr – Committee Room 1
  • Dumfries – R232
  • Hamilton – Boardroom 2
  • Paisley – P118

Our Keynote Speaker this year is Peter Hunter from UNISON. Peter is UNISON’s Regional Manager and responsible for strategic management of recruitment, organising, learning and activist training in Scotland. He is also leading Unison Scotland’s response to the UK government’s Trade Union bill or, as he prefers to call it, the anti trade union bill.
Tea/coffee and light refreshments will be provided and an extra-long lunchtime for those attending has been agreed with management.
All members should attend if possible.
For more information email or call 0141 848 3934.

Love UNISON: union members make the workplace great

As Union members across the UK take part in a week of action from 8 to 14 February, members describe why the union is important.

Alex Anthony, a library assistant, came from a job where the manager didn’t treat people very well, to a job where we staff are treated really well, and realised that it’s because of the union.

Read the full article on the UNISON website.