Monday, 26 March 2018

Brookes Unison AGM 2018 - what staff want

We had an excellent branch annual general meeting today. The hashtag on Twitter is #brookesUnisonAGM2018.

Branch officers were re-elected. There are still a number of vacancies, so do get in touch with Jon Appleton (Branch Chair) if you are interested in getting involved in the work of the branch.

Our guest speaker was Councillor Tom Hayes, on the impact of the Brexit referendum result on the rise in hate crime, what Oxford City Council are doing to combat it, and what Unison branches can do to help combat hate crime. You can see his main points on the tweet thread I wrote while he was speaking. (You don't need a Twitter account to view the thread.)

Ed Thomas (our Collective Bargaining Convenor) gave a presentation on pay and staff benefits. Given that we are probably noto going to get a pay-rise in line with inflation, he asked what other benefits people would want to receive in order to make working at the University easier. To find out, he conducted a live poll on to collect people's thoughts. People can enter up to three suggestions and the site generates a word-cloud listing people's concerns. Here's a screenshot of the results:

As you can see, the number one thing that members want is free parking, closely followed by cheaper lunches on campus.

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