As it's the month of June, we once again are holding our annual general meeting where we elect branch officers for the 2018-19 year.
You may recall that we had elections in February: this was due to a requirement from the union nationally to hold elections before March of this year (as many branches don't elect annually like we do at Sheffield).
The branch officer roles up for re-election are:
In addition, we may elect reps for the Students' Union, AMRC, EFM and other areas.
We are particularly interested in recruiting reps in the area of Cleaning and at the AMRC. If anyone is interested, full training is provided by the union, and you are permitted reasonable time off from work to attend this.
While members (grade 6 and above) at Sheffield strongly expressed a desire to take part in industrial action along with UCU, this was not reflected in the ballots taken more widely.
Members are encouraged to support our colleagues in UCU during this action, and are reminded not to cover for work that would have been done by striking colleagues.
Happy New Year!
Unite require that elections for workplace representatives and branch officers take place once every three years. As a branch, we have always decided instead to hold these annually, normally taking place in June. Despite the election last June, we are required to hold another before March 2018, so the next elections will be at February's branch meeting.
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