Friday, 19 July 2019

PENSIONS: Defend local government pensions

The Government is currently consulting on plans to allow universities and colleges in England to opt out of offering the local government pension scheme (LGPS) to new non- teaching staff.

The proposal would:

  • Create a two-tier workforce with new starters offered inferior pensions;
  • Disproportionately affect women and the lower paid;
  • Threaten the future sustainability of the whole scheme.

This attack on pension rights is the thin end of the wedge – if these proposals are enacted, the Government won’t stop there. It is vital that we take action.

UNISON has set up a campaign website which explains more about the situation and encourages branches and members to take a range of actions.

Please use the following links:

  1. Find out more about the issue – and share our film Take action
  2. Email your MP to defend the LGPS
  3. The consultation closes on 31 July: make your views heard – download template responses via the resources section
  4. Are you in the LGPS? Respond to the government consultation









Thursday, 18 July 2019

Stop Privatisation of Oxford Brookes Catering Staff




Oxford Brookes University is outsourcing its catering staff. From 01 January 2020 over 60 staff will no longer be employed by the university. Workers are worried they will face real reductions to their pay, pensions, terms and conditions. Help support our campaign to keep staff employed by the university by signing our petition.’
We the undersigned call on Oxford Brookes University to revise their current decisions in regard to the provision of catering. In summary we believe that;
1)    Catering services should be provided by Oxford Brookes and contracts should in no circumstances be outsourced to a third party.
2)    That all staff working in catering should enjoy the same benefits, terms and conditions as other Oxford Brookes staff.
3)    Catering staff are a valued and integral part of University life and should be treated with fairness and respect.  
4)    Catering staff should be properly consulted on their employment and their concerns addressed.
Please sign to show your support to this campaign. 

Monday, 15 July 2019

National Table Tennis Day on Thursday, 18th July 2019






In celebration of National Table Tennis Day on Thursday, 18th July 2019, with support partners Oxford City Branch of UNISON, Oxford Table Tennis League, Oxford Community Table Tennis Club and Ping
Oxford and Oxford City Counci is hosting the abovementioned event ! 

Come along and show and / or brush up on your table tennis skills !

The event is open to all staff and members of the public alike, with multiple tables, robot challenge, coaching and
competitions !

Hope to see you on there !



Thursday, 4 July 2019

great read about council estates

When council estates were a dream




Very interesting Read when you have a spare 5 minutes






PENSIONS: Defend local government pensions

The Government is currently consulting on plans to allow universities and colleges in England to opt out of offering the local government pe...