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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading →