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“I am spending two weeks volunteering with Care4calais which provides food, other basic supplies and social activities, including language classes, to refugees in the Calais camp known as the ‘Jungle’. My goal is to go beyond delivering charity; to be part of collective solidarity offering strength and hope to the refugees.”
Lesley McGorrigan, campaigns secretary of our UCU local association, has written a fascinating blog of her work in the Calais refugee camp over the summer. The text and photos are a real insight into the lives of the refugees there: calaiscalling.wordpress.com
All members are invited to a UCU University of Leeds local association emergency general meeting on Wednesday 6 July at 1pm, in Clothworkers North Building lecture theatre 2.31 (cinema). The agenda is:
1. EU referendum result
To discuss and debate the implications of the EU referendum for our university and the sector
2. IT restructure
An update from the negotiating team
3. UCU president
The committee has voted to appoint Tim Goodall as president for 2016-17 under rule 8.9 because the Annual General Meeting didn’t elect a president. The committee is seeking the general meeting’s approval of that decision.
How to get to Clothworkers North Building lecture theatre 2.31 (cinema): From the main door of Clothworkers North building, go through two sets of double doors and head down the corridor. Go up to level two using staircase 2. Follow the corridor around. The Cinema room is straight ahead.
After the two national strike days on 23rd/24th May, UCU at each university were asked to choose one further day for a local strike, and most have gone for Open Days. This means that prospective students and their parents are hearing about the campaign for fair pay in Higher Education quite a lot!
Our strike at Leeds went very well. There were pickets around the university as staff arrived for work, and then a large and friendly presence throughout the morning greeting Open Day visitors and handing out ‘Please support our strike‘ leaflets (and giving directions..) Parents and prospective students were mostly very supportive. We ran the ‘guess the gender pay gap’ game again, and visitors were genuinely shocked that it’s so high at Leeds (£7,995 gap between the average pay of male and female academics, from HESA statistics). The statistic of 52% of academic staff here on insecure contracts also surprised visitors.
The signage around the University mysteriously changed overnight, see the photo gallery below (click on any photo to see it larger) and this generated quite a buzz on social media! Leeds featured heavily in the Storify on the UCU ‘summer of protest‘. The campaign for Fair Pay in Higher Education will continue until universities’ managements offer a reasonable deal for our members on the three key pay-related areas: a fair pay rise, action on gender equality, and action on casualisation.
Follow Leeds UCU on Twitter (@leedsucu) for up to date news, and members please check that emails from Leeds UCU aren’t disappearing into your Clutter folder!
Mark Taylor-Batty spoke tonight to Gayle Lofthouse about pay, the gender pay gap and casualisation in HE on BBC Radio Leeds. Use the BBC Listen again function to catch his interview here (scroll to the 2:17 point):