Hi all,

Mike Costall asked me to report back on the new JNCHES report (Sept 2016) on Higher Education gender pay gap data – http://www.ucea.ac.uk/en/publications/index.cfm/hegenderpaygap


The report limits itself to considering the data that is required to be collected before decisions about gender pay gaps and what to do about them can be made. If the right data is collected then institutions would be in a better position to take corrective action. Although at first it might seem that the gender pay gap is one of those unchanging things about our society, in fact the patterns change year-on-year. The data can be visualised and trends become observable. For example the charts at https://public.tableau.com/views/NewJNCHESHEgenderpaygapdata/Summary?:embed=y&:display_count=yes&:showVizHome=no show the size of the pay gap declining since 2004 and the relative gap between academic and professional services staff converging.


The report recommends that nationally data on 5 benchmarks be collected annually:


  1. Median and mean gender pay gap by full-time staff category using HESA staff data.
  2. Median gender pay gap by contract level for full-time staff using HESA staff data.
  3. HE, education whole economy median and mean pay gaps for full-time employees using ONS ASHE data.
  4. Median gender pay gap by HE and ‘Not HE’ full-time professional occupations using ONS ASHE data.
  5. Median gender pay gap by HE teaching professionals in the sector, HE teaching professionals not in the HE sector and secondary teaching professionals for full-time employees using ONS ASHE data.


These benchmarks concentrate on full-time staff data and this emphasis is at risk of concealing pay gaps that specifically relate to part-time staff.


What DMU UNISON should be asking for.

  1. The gender pay-gap analysis should be undertaken annually so that accurate monitoring of trends is possible
  2. We should ask how part-time pay-gaps are monitored and whether there is anything we might be missing
  3. We should ask if the 5 recommended benchmarks are all covered in DMU’s data collection
  4. What DMU UNISON can do to help.
  1. We should encourage our members to update their details on the staff portal. Only with accurate data on who is employed at DMU can realistic trends be discovered. Where staff do not disclose information on gender, ethnicity religion and belief or sexual orientation, then any unfairness will be less easy to uncover.



Philip Adams
Equalities Officer.

For the attention of member who are in the LGPS

Dear Colleagues,


LGPS:  Parliamentary Debate on LGPS Investment Regulations


There will be a Parliamentary debate on the LGPS investment regulations and ‘pooling’ on Monday, October 24th. Attached you will find a UNISON briefing on the investment regulations and the related Statutory Instrument. Please circulate to relevant members of your branch and appropriate councillors. A UNISON briefing will be sent to MP’s on 17 October.



Click here for:  LG 61 2016 – LGPS Circular

Click here for:  LGPS Briefing Investment Strategy Statement

Click here for:  LGPS Investment Regulations

Click here for:  LGPS Guidance on Preparing and Maintaining Investment Strategy Statement



Contact:  Colin Meech on 020 7121 5595, e-mail c.meech@unison.co.uk



Best wishes,



Donna Rowe-Merriman

Senior National Officer

Education and Children’s Services


May Day International Workers’ Day Celebrations

Kellys Heroes at Duffy’s

Monday, 2nd May 2016

1.30pm to 5pm.

May Day International Workers Day Celebrations


May day or Labour Day (Wikipedia) :

Labour Day (Labor Day in the United States) is an annual holiday to
celebrate the achievements of workers. Labour Day has its origins in
the labour union movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement,
which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and
eight hours for rest. For many countries, Labour Day is synonymous
with, or linked with, International Workers’ Day, which occurs on 1



With rising fuel costs and another cold winter looming many members on low income are worried about how they’re going to pay their winter fuel bills.

Help is on hand

‘There for You’ has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low income by way of a one-off payment of £40.

To apply, download the attached application form or visit unison.org.uk/thereforyou. Alternatively, call UNISONdirect on 0800 0857 857 or simply contact your UNISON branch office. Everyone that applies will receive a booklet giving information about other help that may be available and how to reduce your fuel costs in the future. The attached Q&A also provides further information.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 23 February 2016.


Last night’s social event at Phoenix Square was very well received by all who attended. Everyone agreed that we should do it again and it was agreed that we should allow people to vote for the next film from a small selection.

It was good to see how some of the issues raised in ‘V for Vendetta’ were still relevant in the light of the current Syrian refugee situation.

If you would like to suggest a title, preferably with a social conscience, just drop us a line.

World Aids Day

From the World AIDS Day website:

About World Aids Day

World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.

Why is World AIDS Day important?

Over 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally there are an estimated 34 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. Despite this, each year in the UK around 6,000 people are diagnosed with HIV, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition.

World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.

Clean Me, Green Me



Along with the new website we want to move to, wait for it, less paper communications and more electronic.  We want to give you the choice though.  I imagine, during some of my more tired hours, one or two of you sitting in front of a fire reading your newsletter.  If you want to continue doing that, it is absolutely fine by me.  Maybe you care about all of the people in the chain who get the newsletters to your door.  Maybe you want to reduce the potential waste coming in to your house.  Delivering the newsletter to all members costs around £150.  If we could get that down to £50 that would be more money we can spend on other things.

Outside of the newsletters we want to regularly send you updates.  Multiples of £150 will soon stack up and so anything that might be repeated or added to will be electronic.  So, for any of this to work in any way we need you to check your details on the UNISON website https://my.unison.org.uk/

It is a shame that the UNISON website does not allow us to set a preference for email or slow mail.  We will set something up with in the website http://myunion.life soon.

We really appreciate your help with this.