Monday, 12 February 2018

Your Union needs you!



Our Annual General Meetings are approaching and as always, all officer and steward posts on the branch committee are up for election. Any member can stand for a post.

This is a great chance to help your union and your fellow members, and also allows you to gain some very useful transferable skills. Full training is provided, along with time out of your day job to do this vital work. Without volunteers to carry out these roles, the invaluable help, advice and collective action you benefit from as a union member would not be possible.


To stand for a post or to find out more, please send in your nomiation forms. These must be received by 12pm on Tuesday 6th March 2018.




The elections for the posts will take place at the AGMs. Attending an AGM is your chance to use your vote and have a say in your union, as well as hearing about the union's current activities.


All UNISON members are entitled to attend without loss of pay. Advise your line manager now that you plan to come! 


For questions or issues about permission to attend, please contact Jon Appleton, jappleton@brookes.ac.uk or 01865483196 




UNISON Oxford Brookes Branch Committee


Poster can be found here:  AGM Poster

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Guest Speaker, AGM 2018


We are delighted to announce that our guest speaker at our upcoming Headington Campus AGM will be Tom Hayes, Oxford City Councillor and Executive Board member for Community Safety. Tom has been leading campaigns for charities, including the disability charity Scope, anti-poverty charity Oxfam GB, and now the mental health charity Restore on Manzil Way. Tom seats on the Executive Board of Oxford City Council, leading the council’s work to build safer and inclusive communities. He works with communities to tackle public drug use and dealing, protect the vulnerable against exploitation and modern slavery, and strengthen our society against hate crime, Islamophobia, and extremism. 

Tom is also working alongside UNISON and the Council in an initiative to tackling hate crime against Eastern Europeans in the wake of Brexit and this will be the focus his talk at our AGM. He will be speaking about the challenges people and trade unions will face as Brexit rolls on and what we can do to prevent/ minimise the damage.

We hope you will join us for this important and topical talk.  If you've never attended a branch meeting before, do come and find out more about your union and what it can do for you.


Here are the details of the AGM:

Tuesday 20 March 2018 - Harcourt
10:00 - 12:00
Westminster Square
Drinks and snacks will be provided

Wednesday 21 March 2018 - Wheatley
Starting at 14:00
Room B213
Drinks and snacks will be provided


Monday 26 March 2018 - Headington
9:30 - 12:00
Clerici Learning Studio
Drinks and snacks will be provided



We look forward to welcoming you at our AGM! No need to confirm just come along.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Unison Lunch


Come along for coffee, tea and sweet & savoury treats! For your chance to ask questions, raise issues and find out more about the union.


17 January, 12:15-13:45, Buckley 1.02, Headington Campus (Gipsy Lane)

  • You don’t need to be a member of Unison…
  • Meet Unison stewards, officers, and other members…
  • Everybody is welcome! Bring a friend!

Refreshments provided.



UNISON There for You – Winter Fuel Grants 2017-2018

Worried about paying your Winter Fuel Bill?

Get help staying warm this winter

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 at 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.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Women to the Front - Thursday 30th November

The film is the brave testimony of seven Colombian women fed up with a society that kills them. The protagonists, through their lives, construct another reality from scratch, from the foundations, from an optic where violence is not the rule that dictates their lives. There are seven independent stories that speak of dialogue and consensus. They repeat that patriarchy silences and annihilates them.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Unison lunch


Come along for coffee, tea and sweet & savoury treats! For your chance to ask questions, raise issues and find out more about the union.


1st November, 12:30-13:30, JHB128 – Executive Meeting Room, Headington Campus

  • You don’t need to be a member of Unison…
  • Meet Unison stewards, officers, and other members…
  • Everybody is welcome! Bring a friend!

Refreshments provided.



Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Launch Event of the Oxfordshire UNISON Black Members Group


Date: Friday, 20th October 2017, to coincide with Black History Month. 

Place: Union Hall, John Henry Brookes Building, Gipsy Lane, Headington, OX3 0BP

Time: 5pm - 7pm


This event promises to be a wonderful cultural celebration of Black history, with talks, music, creative artwork by some of our members - and food!

This exciting event is being held at Oxford Brookes University and will include a panel discussion and an exhibition celebrating Black history.

This will be a really joyful evening. Do come along, and please do spread the word as widely as possible!

To attend, sign up via EventBrite.

Everyone welcome!