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Forthcoming drop-in sessions

Your Union branch office is W/022.  The branch is running a drop-in clinic for all your work related questions and requests for information. Forthcoming drop-in dates:
  • Thursday 4th January 2018, 12-2 pm
  • Friday 26th January 2018, 12-2 pm
  • Wednesday 21st February 2018, 12-2 pm
Bookable appointments are available from 12 noon - 1 pm, general drop-in 1 - 2 pm.

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Call for University leadership to back EU citizens (October 2017)

The University of York branch of UNISON has written to the University Vice Chancellor, Koen Lamberts asking him to publicly back the rights of EU citizens working at the university during the BREXIT negotiations.  There are 45,000 EU- citizens working in the Higher education sector in the UK (11% of the HE workforce) and they face an uncertain future whilst Britain negotiates its exit from the European Union. EEA staff face uncertainty around their residential and working rights. This, despite the fact that these individuals play an invaluable role in making Britain’s university sector one of the best in the world.   Jenny Underhill, Branch Secretary said: “We are now calling on Vice-Chancellors across Yorkshire’s Universities to publicly support EU citizens working in our region’s Universities. Regardless of where you stand on BREXIT, you can’t deny that our universities are propped up by an army of hard working EU nationals, working in both academia and wider support roles. Many of these people have contributed greatly to the fabric of our country and HE sector and it’s important that we now stand up and fight to secure their futures in the UK.” This follows the move by The London School of Economics who are reimbursing the cost of some postal permanent residence applications. Newcastle University and Imperial College are offering interest free loans to cover the cost of visa applications for EEA staff and their family.  

Leonie Sharp, Regional Organiser at UNISON said: “There are over 45,000 EU citizens working in Britain’s Universities, undertaking roles from Vice-Chancellors and academics to cleaners and grounds staff. As yet, we don’t know what the position of EU citizens living and working in the UK will be post-BREXIT. Meaning there are no guarantees on the rights of EU citizens to remain in the UK and continue in their work. It’s not right that these workers are pawns in the ongoing BREXIT negotiations.” 

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