Many staff enthusiastically joined in writing their valentine messages on heart shaped stickers for the Vice Chancellor on Friday 12th February. Here’s the inside of the Valentine’s card towards the end of the lunchtime session:
The card, and a lovely chocolate heart inscribed with the words “We’d love a pay rise” were taken to the VC on Friday afternoon. Sadly, he was too busy to see us, but we understand he likes chocolate, and we hope he enjoyed reading your messages.
The serious point of course is that university staff have suffered real terms pay cuts for some years, and it’s time we caught up. It’s been in the news recently that many Vice Chancellors have seen considerable pay rises, so it seems only fair their staff are treated similarly. UCU hopes that university employers, including our own university management, will see the sense of this and agree to a fair pay rise in the imminent 2016 pay negotiations.
For more about pay, read our short leaflet Fair pay in 2016.
UCU is holding a meeting of all staff on casualised contracts on: Friday 19 February 2pm – 3pm Baines Wing SR 1.13. Casualised contracts include fixed term contracts, hourly paid, zero hours, agency contracts – essentially if you are not on a permanent, salaried contract this means you! If you are already on a permanent, salaried contract, please do feel free to pass the word on and encourage members whose working conditions have been casualised to attend. There will be two main areas of linked discussion: Leeds UCU campaign for secure employment for all staff: UCU has recently written to the university demanding more progress on job security and adding weight to our local requests for improvements. UCU’s national Annual Meeting of Staff on Casualised Contracts, 11 March, UCU head office (London): delegates, self-registration, and motions. The Annual Meeting is convened by the UCU anti-casualisation committee. It a very important opportunity for the voices of casualised staff at the grassroots level to be heard. Motions passed by this meeting will inform the priorities of the UCU anti-casualisation committee (ACC) for the coming year, and will also direct the ACC on the content of motions that should be sent to Congress and the Higher Education Sector Conference, where UCU policy is formed. It is also a brilliant chance to discuss issues relating to the national campaign for secure employment and to take part in a choice of excellent workshops. More information will be available at the Leeds meeting, but you can also email branch vice-president Vicky Blake if you wish to know more. Delegates: We need to elect two members attend this meeting as delegates from Leeds UCU. We don’t need nominations in advance for that, you can put your name in at the meeting, but if you would like to be a delegate to but you can’t make this meeting on the 19th please email me. Self-registration: It is also possible to register yourself to attend the Annual Meeting if you are not elected as a formal delegate, and you will be able to participate fully in the meeting. Places for self-registrants will be confirmed after the branch delegates registration deadline, but you must also apply for a place by 26 February. Motions: UoL UCU can also send a motion from the meeting on 19 February to the UCU Annual Meeting of Staff on Casualised Contracts. If you have a … Continue reading →
The UCU anti-casualisation ‘choir’ has been out carolling on several occasions, despite the weather. Our alternative wordings seem to ring a bell with passing staff and students! Try singing along to your favourite Christmas CD with these splendid lyrics. Our DIY anti-casualisation baubles have also been unexpectedly appearing on Christmas trees all over campus. If you’d like some for your own tree, here’s the template to download (best printed onto thin coloured card): job security baubles Anti-casualisation carol lyrics To the tune of We Wish You a Merry Christmas: We wish we were permanent (x3) It would make our New Year! We don’t want zero hours contracts (x3) It would make our New Year. Away in a Manger These zero hours contracts Make people so mad Good money they once earned Now they have been had. The bosses in their world, With their sky high pay, And all the stressed workers In utter dismay Silent Night Zero hours We have no powers Future plans Turning sour Managers’ wages rocket sky high Isn’t it time we all asked why? Time for action is here Time for action is here … Continue reading →
All I want for Christmas is….. JOB SECURITY FOR ALL Sing alternative carols & help decorate our anti-casualisation Christmas tree! Write your own experience of not having job security on the back of a job security Christmas bauble an bring it along to decorate the tree. Thursday 19th November 12:30 – 1:30 By the ‘wavy lines’ sculpture, the Refectory foyer if weather is bad Followed by a meeting for academic & academic-related staff on fixed-term contracts at 1.30 in Clothworkers North Building LT (G.12) Please put these posters up in your work area: SECURE WORK Anti-Cas Poster (003) And please sign our petition: we all deserve security of employment … Continue reading →