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Members elected to the UCU committee for the 2017-2018 academic year are in post from today. The committee members for this year are: Elected committee officers President: Vicky Blake Vice-president: Tim Goodall Treasurer: Nigel Bubb Honorary secretary: Brendon Nicholls Recruitment and membership secretary: Ben Plumpton Equality secretary: Gabriella Alberti Campaigns secretary: Lesley McGorrigan Health and safety secretary: Neil Maughan Elected committee members Alaric Hall Andy Stafford Andy West Charles Umney Gavin Reid Hugh Hubbard Jonathan Saha Malcolm Povey Mark Taylor-Batty Mark Walkley Paul Steenson Simon Hewitt* Stephen Lax Steven French The committee can appoint up to four additional committee members, and will be emailing members to seek nominations for those posts. There were an unusually high number of nominations for men when we asked for nominations before the annual general meeting, so if you’re thinking about whether to nominate someone or seek nominations for one of the four posts, please bear this in mind. (*The incoming committee has agreed Simon Hewitt will fill the elected vacancy created by Anna Fleming leaving the university for another job, this is subject to approval of the next ordinary general meeting.) … Continue reading →
We have received the advice from UCU head office on working to contract as ‘action short of a strike’, which starts on Friday 16 June. Working to Contract Frequently Asked Questions If you still have any questions after reading the Frequently Asked Questions document, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. … Continue reading →
Who leads our union makes a difference. The union elects a general secretary every five years. We have invited both general secretary candidates, Sally Hunt and Jo McNeill, to a meeting for members at University of Leeds to make their case as to why they are the right candidate to lead the union. The meeting is: Wednesday 15 February, 5.30pm Baines wing room 1.13 Jo McNeill will be attending. Sally Hunt can’t attend but we will have invited her to send us a video clip. Please come along to discuss what sort of leadership our union needs. Elections for the UCU national executive committee are also open 1 Feb – 1 March. Please vote! … Continue reading →
The latest newsletter for members of UCU University of Leeds local association is available now. You can download a PDF version at: leedsucunewsletterseptoct2016 Text-only version below: 2016 Pay claim The derisory 1.1% ‘final offer’ will be imposed in our September pay – but don’t be fooled, the unions have not agreed it and the dispute continues. Unison have recently voted for industrial action too, so we hope to coordinate action over the next months for maximum effect. Prospective students and parents at the Open Day were shocked by the gender pay gap and the casualisation situation, and supported our campaign. We also pointed out that vice chancellors enjoyed an average 6.1% pay rise last year. Remember we’ve suffered below inflation pay rises every year since 2009 except in 2014 when we took strike action. The pay claim also seeks substantive action (not just words) on the gender pay gap (12.6%) and on casualisation (to reduce fixed term/zero hours contracts). Universities can clearly afford more – the sector as a whole has over £1 billion in operating surpluses, and Leeds salted away £57 million last year. Brexit – Open Meeting Wednesday 19 October 1-2 pm Baines Wing SR2.10 Consequences of the EU Referendum Result All welcome (EU/UK/international, union members and non-members) to discuss the effects of the referendum result and what we can do to support you. Policy negotiations At present, UCU is negotiating on behalf of members on new university policies on: Promotions (academic & academic-related) Statute VII (disciplinary, ill health, grievance, capability, etc.) ‘Rewards’ and ‘Leadership Development’ Working in partnership with the university Organizational change (the formal mechanism for protecting jobs and terms/conditions during restructures) Your UCU negotiators scrutinise new policy, consult the UCU committee, draft and negotiate changes, check them against national policy with UCU officials, and finally sign off agreed policies in the Joint Committee of the University and the UCU. It’s a huge amount of work, but very important to ensure staff are treated fairly. UCU members volunteer in Calais During her fortnight in the ‘jungle’ refugee camp in July, Lesley, our branch Campaigns Officer, chronicled the experience in a blog: www.calaiscalling.wordpress.com “I hope this blog may inspire and provide confidence for you to visit the camps to deliver supplies, teach, or raise desperately needed funds. My goal is to be part of collective solidarity offering strength and hope to the refugees.” UCU is hosting Eyewitness report … Continue reading →