Monthly Archives: June 2013

2013 Higher Education Branch Seminar

The 2013 Branch Seminar is being held on Thursday 24 to Saturday 26 October in Harrogate. It is an annual event which looks at issues of relevance to activists in the higher education sector. There will be workshops and keynote speakers on challenging privatisation/shared services, community organising and the living wage campaign. AQA Branch can […]

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2013 Conference News

  21 June 2013 – the final day UNISON condemns ‘shocking and horrific’ murder of soldier Lee Rigby UNISON’s national delegate conference condemned the brutal murder of Lee Rigby, a serving soldier, in Woolwich on 22 May. An event that Margaret Greer from Hammersmith and Fulham described as “shocking and horrific,” and that had “left […]

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2013 National Conference

  The 2013 National Conference takes place this week, from 18 to 21 June, in Liverpool. The conference is the union’s parliament, where representatives elected by the members set the priorities for the year ahead.  On the agenda this year: an alternative to austerity. Paul and Mary will be attending this year, and regular updates […]

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2014 Higher Education conference

  The national conference of Unison’s higher education service group is being held on Friday 28 February 2014 in Brighton.  AQA branch are entitled to send up to two delegates, If you are interested in attending, please contact us via the Unison mailbox.

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2012 Equalities Officer’s Report

  Self-Organisation is an opportunity for members to get involved in their wider union, develop skills and build confidence. The Region has the following self-organised groups: I am currently a co-Chair of the regional Disabled Members Committee. Women’s Forum Black Members’ Committee LGBT Committee Disabled Members’ Committee Part of the role of the Equalities Officer […]

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2012 Branch Secretary’s Report

The Branch Secretary presented her final report to the AGM on 20 March 2013. As I have made you all aware, I am resigning as Branch Secretary.  This is to allow the mentoring of the new Branch Secretary prior to my retirement.  However, due to workloads, I have played a very low key role in […]

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Employment tribunal fees

UNISON have announced that any member taking union-supported employment tribunal cases will not have to pay the new fee introduced by the government.  These plans will mean that claimants could pay up to £1,200 to get justice. The full story is on UNISON’s website.

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Union membership on the up

Latest figures provided to the Labour Research Department show that, for the first time in four years, union membership has increased.  59,000 people became members of a union in 2012. We’ve had a modest increase in membership at AQA, and can do better.  As members, we are all responsible for recruitment.  One of the most […]

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Gove announces GCSE changes

Education Secretary, Michael Gove, announced yet more changes to the GCSE system. This includes grading from 8 (top) to 1 (bottom) instead of A* to G and studying a Shakespeare play and 19th century literature. You already know that he disregards teachers’ opinions. How do you think these will affect AQA? The full story is […]

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