Pay Claim 2011

Unison, University of Birmingham Branch asks you to support our 6% Pay Claim Campaign

 The Support Staff Pay Claim for 2011 has now been agreed by Unison and Unite. We have organised meetings around the University to begin the campaign for a decent pay rise. These meetings are open to all staff and will also provide a forum to raise any work issues in your local area as well. Please come along and encourage as many of your colleagues to attend as well.

The meetings will be held as follows:

Date & Time Venue
24th May12:00 – 13:00 Engineering & Physical Sciences, Room G34, Mechanical & Civil Engineering (Y3)
26th May12:00 – 13:00 Life & Environmental Sciences, Room NG08, Biosciences (R27)
31st May12:00 – 13:00 Arts & Law, Room LR6, Arts Building (R16)
2nd June12:00 – 13:00 Corporate Services, Room WG5, Aston Webb
7th June12:00 – 13:00 University House (Business School), room TBC
9th June12:00 – 13:00 Selly Oak Campus, Room 106, OLRC
14th June16:00 – 17:00 HAS, Avanti Restaurant (R 23)
21st June12:00 – 13:00 Medical School Bldg B1, (room tbc)

Protest Against £9k Tuition Fees

Protest against £9000 tuition fees this Wednesday, 1pm by the Clocktower

Last week the University announced tuition fees would be £9000 per year. This follows the earlier publication of the VC’s salary of £392 000 per annum. We don’t believe tuition fees are in the interest of either students or staff as UNISON believes in free education as a right. The only people benefiting from the fees are Banks who will make a fortune in interest payments and UEB executives and the Vice Chancellor who could benefit even more in any future pay awards. As UNISON make clear in their alternative budget , there is plenty of money available for Public Services. In addition investment in Higher Education would help the economy to grow. Education should also be about far more than just accountants balance sheets. Education should be about the right for each individual to fulfil their potential and learn abou the world we live in.

Join us on Wednesday in a peaceful protest against the £9000 fees and student debt of up to £40 000 per student. The protest is at 1pm by the Clocktower and is called by the Education Activist Network and supported by UNISON and UCU.

Last November students supported our Pay protest. Let us return that support this week.

Matthew Raine                                                                                                                       Branch Secretary, Birmingham University UNISON

UCU Strike Action & Letter to Staff

UCU are taking action on Tuesday 22nd March over cuts to the USS pensions scheme and on Thursday 24th March over pensions, pay and job protection. UNISON are supportive of the action and feel the cuts and changes being proposed are wrong and unneccesary.

UNISON members are not able to take part in any strike action, however we can still show our support and solidarity for our UCU colleagues in the following ways:

  • Go along to UCU picket lines on Tuesday and Thursday before work in your own time
  • Refuse to cover any additional duties that would normally be covered by UCU members or Academic and Academic Related Staff
  • Attend the lunchtime rally on Thursday (details to be announced) on your lunch break i.e. in your own time
  • The University are asking staff if they will be on strike. By law, you do not have to answer this and as a UNISON member you should just turn up to work as normal. It would be illegal for the University to dock your pay if you are in work.

If you have any questions or convernes please e-mail Matt Raine or Paula Anne Beasley

Matthew Raine

Branch Secretary, Unison – University of Birmingham Branch

Demonstrate for Public Services, Birmingham, 26th February

February 23, 2011 1 comment
Dear Member, 

The last Regional Council meeting voted to back the demonstration for Public Services this Saturday 26th February. Those wishing to take part should assemble at 12pm Birmingham Cathedral, St. Philips Place, Birmingham City Centre.

It comes just a few days before the Tory controlled Birmingham City Council votes on a cuts package that stands to decimate our communities and our Public Services. Everything from youth services to libraries to neighbourhood offices to care for our elderly. All face devasting cuts.

Speakers so far include Roger Mckenzie (UNISON), Caroline Johnson (Assistant Branch Secretary, Birmingham Local Government UNISON), Bishop Urquhart (the Bishop of Birmingham), Lee Baron (CWU), Trudy Allen (PCS), James Smith (UCU), Bob Findlay (Disabled People against the Cuts).

There is also an online petition which you may wish to sign. This will be presented to the Council by Cllr Salma Yaqoob on March 1st:

If you require any further information, please contact Matt Raine at

Thank you

Matt Raine

Secretary, Birmingham University UNISON

Supporting Our Students & Right To Work

January 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Dear Member,

Supporting Our Students

As some of you may be aware at least 12 Students are facing disciplinary procedures from the University of Birmingham as a result of the peaceful occupation of the Maths-Physics Bridge. Apart from our view that the use of force to bring the non-violent protest to an end was deplorable, it is our current understanding that up to two of those facing the potential loss of their degree were not involved in the event. Further information on recent events can be found in the entries here:  

There is also an online petition available to sign here:  Please note that this is a different petition to the one that we alerted members to last week.

Right To Work

The Right to Work campaign will be holding a meeting on the theme of, “Where next for the Student Movement?”. Speakers will be Mark Bergfeld, NUS Exec and Matt Raine. Both will be speaking in a personal capacity. The meeting will be held at the following venue: UNISON Birmingham Branch, 5pm, Wednesday 2nd February, 19th Floor, Mclaren Building, 46 The Priory Queensway, Birmingham B4 7LF

The meeting will also look at how an Education Activist Network can be launched in Birmingham.

Interested members are welcome to attend. If further details are required, please contact Matt  

March for Education – January 29th

To those of you taking part on the March in London tomorrow – keep warm, shout loud. We’re hoping (technology permitting) to provide updates via our Twitter account at UnisonBhamUni  

sent on behalf of:

Executive Committee Unison, University of Birmingham Branch

March for Education – January 29th 2011

January 25, 2011 Leave a comment
Dear Member,
Staff and Students are marching this Saturday, 29th January,  against cuts in education spending, tuition fees and the abolition of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for college students. The demonstration comes as it is revealed that the University of Birmingham’s VC took a 11% pay hike to £392,000 p.a. whilst during the same year support staff eventually only received 1% and academic related staff are still awaiting a resolution to the negotiations surrounding the offer of 0.4% . You can read the full article here:

Government proposals to cut Higher Education spending by up to 80% and replace most of it with tuition fees will put jobs, pay and holiday entitlement at risk as they try to create a free market in Education in a race to the bottom.

UNISON and UCU are supporting this Saturday’s protest. A free coach is leaving Carrs Lane, Birmingham City Centre at 8am and the Barber Institute at the University of Birmingham at 8.30am. The coach is free to all staff, to book a place please email Matt Raine or text 07904 960 442. We expect to be back in Birmingham by 7.30pm. Children and families are more than welcome.

The Trade Union movement has won great victories before, winning the vote for women, helping to end apartheid in South Africa and getting rid of Thatcher’s Poll Tax even after it had become law. Help us to add free education to this and join us on Saturday.

sent on behalf of:

Executive Committee

Unison, Univerity of Birmingham Branch

Joint Statement from BUCU and Unison, University of Birmingham Branch

January 21, 2011 1 comment

Joint Statement from BUCU and Unison, University of Birmingham Branch

BUCU and Unison, University of Birmingham Branch are shocked and appalled to hear about the allegations of violence against the student occupiers on Monday 17th January in what was a peaceful demonstration against job cuts that are taking place across the University, including 8 Research Fellows who have been put at risk of redundancy in the School of Education. We deplore both the use of violence to control what was a non-violent protest and the additional threat of disciplinary action against students. The student action is an inspiration to staff and students seeking to oppose the vicious attacks to our higher education system and we condemn the heavy handed nature in which the protest was broken up. We will be marching alongside students at the ‘National Demonstration for Education’ in London on Saturday 29th January


For further information please see the following links to the student website: