About Us

London Metropolitan University UNISON branch represents Professional Service Department staff, including Administrative, Professional, Technical and Clerical (APT&C) and Manual workers. Our members are directly employed by London Met or by private companies contracted to the University such as Norland Managed Services, Bilfinger Europa and Compass Group (t/a Chartwells). We negotiate for better pay and conditions collectively — for all of the PSD staff, UNISON members or not — we help individuals in trouble and campaign for a fairer, better society.

In London Met UNISON, we put jobs and education before profit. See our 2010 Manifesto for Change at London Met and our Constitution, approved in March 2010, for our rules.  See also the Campaigns section and our latest News and announcements to find out what we’re up to and how you can get involved.

A bit of history

UNISON—the Public Service Union was formed on 1 July 1993 (known as vesting day) by amalgamation of the National and Local Government Officers’ Association (founded 1905 as the National Association of Local Government Officers), the National Union of Public Employees (founded 1908 in a split from the Municipal Employees’ Association) and the Confederation of Health Service Employees (founded 1946 and tracing its origins to 1910).

The Polytechnic of North London and City of London Polytechnic were granted University status — as University of North London and London Guildhall University — with the passing of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992.  NALGO and NUPE had long established branches at both institutions, representing white and blue collar staff respectively.  These branches eventually merged as UNISON branches.  London Metropolitan University was formed on 1 August 2002 with UNL becoming North campus and LGU becoming City campus.  The two previously separate UNISON branches also came together at this time, having worked jointly on our Manifesto for a New University.

At national level the Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff comprises the University and Colleges Employers Association and the higher education unions.  JNCHES provides a single negotiating body for pay and conditions; it has up to 41 members, including an independent Chair and up to 20 representatives of each side.

Looking forward

We are a democratic and active, campaigning branch: our AGM is well attended and we elect a new executive committee to lead the branch every year.  The executive meets every two weeks and all shop stewards can attend its meetings.  We are affiliated to several campaigns, and always encourage new activists to get involved.  If you’re not a member yet, then join us! If you are a member and want to get involved, then contact us now — this is your union: be the change you want to see!

We work very closely with the local academic union — the University and College Union — and NUS affiliated students’ union on areas of common interest.  In 2009 we launched a campaign — largely successful — to Save London Met University. UNISON members were instrumental in that campaign and we managed the website — so we set up our own and launched it in April 2010.

UNISON is Britain’s biggest public sector union, representing almost 1.3 million people across the UK’s public services. We are the largest trade union for support staff in higher education; our 50,000 members include registrars, librarians, personnel, technicians, administrators, clerks, secretaries, cleaners, craftworkers, catering staff, porters and people working in IT, finance and estates management.  We work to improve pay, terms and conditions at national, regional and local level.  In particular, UNISON is campaigning for:

  • Equal pay for work of equal value
  • Better pay and conditions
  • An end to low pay
  • Fair and equal treatment for part-time, term-time and temporary staff
  • Access to training and career opportunities for all staff
  • An end to discrimination in higher education

See the UNISON Higher Education service group for more.

Governing documents

UNISON Rulebook, as amended at the 2017 conference

Code of Good Branch Practice, 2014 edition

Branch Constitution (Rules and Standing Orders), as amended at the 2017 AGM

Trade union recognition agreement, London Metropolitan University and UNISON

Time off and facilities for trade union duties and activities agreement, 21 May 2007


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