Welcome to our branch website. UNISON represents clerical, library, ancillary and parks & gardens staff within the University. We negotiate for better pay and conditions, help individuals in trouble and campaign for a safer, fairer society.
UNISON is Britain's biggest union, representing almost 1.3 million people across the UK's public services.
Get in touch
On this site you can:
- get help and advice
- contact the branch
- find out about UNISON membership
- check up on branch news and info
- connect to other useful websites
If you have any problems using the site, please contact the webmaster!
- LGBT Conference: 16th-18th November 2012
Please see our "What's on" section for more details.
Free Will Writing Service
UNISON offers various legal services to members, including a free will service (through UNISON's approved lawyers, Thompsons).
Please see the UNISON website for full deatils of all legal services.
HE Committee votes not to strike
As the recent strike ballot was so close (50.3% of members voted in favour of industrial action and 49.7% voted against), UNISONís national committee for Higher Education(HESGE) has voted not to call strike action over this yearís pay dispute.
Please update your record
Industrial action ballots at BA and Network Rail were challenged in court by the employers. There have been similar challenges in Higher Education. Such challenges are mostly aimed at the balloting process and in particular who is, or is not, being balloted. Our ballots are based on the records held on UNISONís membership database, therefore it is vital to ensure that information in the database is correct and up-to-date.
You can update your record yourself on the UNISON website or by phoning 0845 355 0845.
If you are doing work of a higher grade as part of your regular job you can apply for a regrading. It is necessary to submit the application form to your line-manager and/or administrator for comment, however, it is not necessary for them to support the application. You can submit a regrading application regardless of your manager's opinion!
Please see Oxford University's regrading procedure for full deatils and links to the necessary application forms.
Bodleian Libraries' Employee Assistance Programme
An Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) has been introduced for anyone working within the Bodleian Libraries for "personal or work-related problems that might affect health, well-being or performance". However, the EAP is intended to "complement current support provided" and we strongly recommend that for workplace problems you should contact your UNISON departmental steward or a branch officer.