1pm-2pm, Tuesday 14 June 2016
Venue: Baines Wing G.03
Present: Mark Taylor-Batty (president), Andy West, Mark Walkley, Neil Maughan, Steven French, Jonathan Saha, Tim Goodall, Ben Plumpton, Steve Lax, Briony Thomas, Lesley McGorrigan, Hugh Hubbard, Elwyn Isaac, Gavin Reid, Brendon Nicholls, Alan Smith (administrator). Also present Heather Blakey and Nicolas Van Labeke elected to the 2016-2017 committee.
- Apologies: Vicky Blake, Jeremy Toner, Ann Blair, Gabriella Alberti, Malcolm Povey, Nick Efford, Nigel Bubb, Paul Steenson
- Minutes and matters arising
Minutes agreed. We have informed the university that we are not content with the privatisation of the first year of degree courses and have demanded further discussions
- Vacancy for president for 2016-17
With committee’s agreement, the incoming committee was briefly convened to make a decision on this issue. In accordance with rule 8.9 the incoming committee agreed to appoint Tim Goodall as president subject to approval by a subsequent general meeting. Agreed that the general meeting on 20 June would not be asked to approve this as the item had not been notified to the membership in the convening notice for that meeting.
- IT recording of failure to agree
We have recorded a failure to agree. Concerns we raised around restructure are being pushed through without consultation – never mind negotiation – or objective justification. Our concerns seem to be being ignored by management. Management have conceded there is no longer a financial justification for the restructure because they have already saved the money they needed to through voluntary severance. Management have now agreed to put it to senate. Management say no-one will lose their job in phase 1 and are refusing to talk about phase 2 at all, saying they have no idea what phase 2 will look like. This is widely seen as disingenuous and a signal that some in management side have contempt for unions and concerns of staff. … to email heads of schools and deans. Management have until tomorrow to respond to regional office letter.
- National pay dispute
23 June strike notice to be served this afternoon. … Important to stress to potential students and parents that this is national action. …
- Report from congress
Item not taken
- Disability support tutors
Item not taken
- Postgraduate organising and regional postgraduate conference
Item not taken
- Casualisation mapping
Item not taken
- Education replanning
PGCE provision is going to stop. University is going to support in-school training. Management say they will aim to avoid compulsory redundancies, and that this could involve some staff moving to Leeds Trinity university under TUPE arrangements. Will be discussed at Employment Security Review Group. We raised concerns, particularly over fair treatment of hourly paid and fixed-term contract staff. Dean meeting staff on Tuesday at 3.30; Tim to attend. The government is reducing teacher training places and the university management is not minded to fight it politically; we need to put the political case alongside what we put out on the local issues.
- Any other business
Transgender policy. The university does not have policy or guidance on treatment of transgender staff/students. To raise with the employer next week.
Promotions procedure for academic-related staff. Management have made this public without it having been agreed by UCU.
University of Leeds Local Association Committee 1pm-2pm, Tuesday 20 October 2015 Venue: Baines Wing G.03 Minutes Present: Mark Taylor-Batty (President), Ben Plumpton, Mark Walkley, Nick Efford, Steve Lax, Tim Goodall, Paul Steenson, Lesley McCorrigan, Elwyn Isaac, Neil Maughan, Brendon Nicholls, Hugh Hubbard, Alan Smith (administrator) Apologies: Malcolm Povey, Steven French, Ann Blair, Jeremy Toner, Andy West, Vicky Blake, Gabriella Alberti, Nigel Bubb Minutes agreed with following amendments: Mark Taylor-Batty, Andy West and Alan Smith were present Matters arising Co-option of anti-casualisation rep: no nominations received Website: exploring options available in UCU hosted site Motions to the October General Meeting: committee motions on the refugee crisis and Prevent were carried. Lesley to work with the action group to progress actions. RIS (Research Innovations Service) Mark Taylor-Batty reported on issues. Possible concerns raised about fixed-term contracts, HEIF funded. To review the position in November. Annual leave Update on employer proposal to take 8 days annual leave from small number of former Bretton Hall staff who came to University of Leeds with TUPE protected conditions, to ‘normalise’ their contracts. No apparent problem that this proposal is needed to solve. UCU will oppose. Facilities money Approved use of facilities for: mobile phones for union use by Brendon and Alan; approved previous use for funding for unique situation where there was a problem with facilities money not being passed by the management from one University department to another; spare banner poles; current Law At Work books for caseworkers; a tablecloth for recruitment stalls. Committee resolved to ensure that the list of equipment purchased with facilities money over the last year was up to date. Discussed whether rules for approval of facilities spending should be changed to prior approval by committee. The committee agreed to return to this at the next meeting to consider a form of words. USS The latest issues were discussed. Promotions A paper has been put to the university senate by management which UCU has not been consulted on. Mark has written to management to express our dissatisfaction with this. Management have replied that only the ‘direction of travel’ was agreed by senate. Agreed we will put University of Leeds forward as a test case to UCU on job roles. Pay campaign Discussed pay campaign. Suggestions include continuing to focus on lower pay grades, putting pay briefings out as mini leaflets and short campaign videos, and a question about whether we should push for … Continue reading →
These minutes are proposed subject to approval by the general meeting 25 November. University of Leeds Local Association 1pm-2pm, Wednesday 14 October 2015 Venue: Roger Stevens LT18 (8.18) Minutes of the General Meeting Forty-four members attended. The meeting was chaired by Mark Taylor-Batty. Minutes: the minutes of the general meeting 30 March were agreed Matters arising: there were no matters arising not covered by the agenda. Pay In the consultative ballot less than 50% of the membership indicated support for strike action. The University of Leeds UCU Committee urged for a continued campaign on 2015 pay. The UCU Higher Education Committee agreed last Friday, in a close vote, to focus on building the union’s campaign for better pay in 2016. This general meeting discussed possible campaign strategies. Mark Taylor-Batty encouraged members to join the campaign group and help run the union’s campaigns. Refugee crisis Motion 1: migration and refugee crisis Moved by Gabriella Alberti on behalf of the Local Association Committee. Text below is as amended. This branch notes: The worst refugee crisis since the end of World War II with millions fleeing their homes looking for refuge in Europe. Since 2000 around 30,000 migrants or refugees have died in their attempts to reach or stay in Europe, with the highest figures recorded in the past two years. The continuing plight of refugees in Calais and elsewhere in Europe escaping from war, political oppression, poverty and violence. The demonization of migrants and asylum seekers by the media and the government. The inadequate response by the Tory government, for example, only allowing in just 20,000 refugees by 2020 on a temporary basis in the first instance, and only from camps in the Lebanon. The heartening public response to the crisis e.g. collections, donations etc. That the University of Leeds is collaborating with Leeds City Council to promote Leeds as a City of Sanctuary. That other universities such as the University of East London have committed to offer at least ten postgraduate scholarships to Syrian refugees. We note with regret the absence of any concrete action on the part of the management of the University of Leeds to deliver significant resource in support thus far of the refugee communities. This branch resolves to Contribute to ongoing solidarity action occurring on campus such as the collections by students and to donate to local Leeds charities in support of both asylum seekers and migrants … Continue reading →
University of Leeds Local Association Committee 1pm-2pm, Tuesday 6 October 2015 Venue: Baines Wing G.03 Minutes Attendance: Mark Taylor-Batty (President), Brendon Nicholls, Ben Plumpton, Steve French, Gabriella Alberti, Lesley McGorrigan, Neil Maughan, Nigel Bubb, Vicky Blake, Elwyn Isaac, Mark Walkley, Tim Goodall, Hugh Hubbard, Andy West, Alan Smith (administrator) Apologies: Paul Steenson, Ann Blair, Malcolm Povey, Steven French (lateness), Steve Lax, Jeremy Toner Amend to add Hugh to attendance. Matters arising Co-option of Environmental Rep: the committee welcomed Tim Goodall. Pay. Mark gave an update from the regional pay briefing. In real terms we have had a 15% pay cut, and increased pension contributions and national insurance contributions next year. Pay at the top end is increasing and most universities are holding surpluses. Regional committee delegates Agreed to delegate Ben Plumpton, Lesley McGorrigan, Vicky Blake, Mark Taylor-Batty, Brendon Nicholls. Co-option of anti-casualisation representative Agreed Mark would email membership by the end of this week to seek nominations Draft organising plan Committee agreed to roll considerations around increasing involvement of reps into draft organising plan which Alan will present to a future committee as a discussion document. Website and social media Agreed Mark Taylor-Batty, Nick Efford, Ben Plumpton, Vicky Blake and Alan Smith will take responsibility for website and social media and will have access to the Twitter account, with roles agreed within that. UCU HQ are setting up a new website which we can use which they will host, combining the current website and blog. Facebook page to be used primarily to link to posts on the website. Longer term plan for web app in dashboard form interspersed with UCU news. Events to be collated into a Friday members email. A senator to produce a summary of senate for UCU members. Electing departmental representatives in IT Agreed to seek nominations for departmental representatives for IT. RIS (Research Innovations Service) Held over to next meeting e-assessment Reported that the trade union side of the Joint Committee of the University and UCU expressed our opposition to the opt-out model and raised all issues as agreed. Ongoing. Statutes Reported that the statutes negotiating team pressed the issues as requested. “Some other substantial reason” remains unresolved. Management will add caveats to removal from non-substantial post to prevent it being used to remove people dissenting from the central view. The proposed new statutes will be sent to the committee when we have new drafts from … Continue reading →
University of Leeds Local Association Committee 12pm-1pm, Tuesday 8 September 2015 Venue: Business School Maurice Keyworth SR (1.24) Minutes Attendance: Mark Taylor-Batty, Brendon Nicholls, Briony Thomas, Lesley McGorrigan, Hugh Hubbard, Nick Efford, Elwyn Isaac, Steve French, Alan Smith (administrator) Apologies: Gavin Reid, Ben Plumpton, Stephen Lax, Ann Blair, Mark Walkley, Gabriella Alberti, Malcolm Povey, Neil Maughan, Vicky Blake Minutes of previous meeting: Agreed Matters arising: There were no matter arising New branch administrator: Mark welcomed Alan to the branch and explained Alan is also employed as an organiser and will be helping with recruitment, campaigns and communications. Promotions documents Trade Union Side met management about proposed academic-related document on 7 September. TUS stressed members perceptions is academic-related lack of promotion opportunities – in some cases have ‘no promotion’ clauses in their contracts and our perception is the threat of downgrading is also a serious problem. TUS requested data from management around promotions of academic-related staff, and said we will consider that data before looking at the proposed re-wording of the promotions document. Discussed lines to take with rewording of academic promotion document. Removing of gendered language is welcome, but some of the simplification risk making promotions more difficult to get in some circumstances. Concerns raised that they are using HERA, rather than HERA-related as previously assured. TUS will request that role profiles are published on the website again, as these have been removed. Noted that a workshop had raised issues about the mechanism, not just the wording, but these haven’t been addressed yet in the proposals. (One) IT Management proposing response to situation in IT which may make the situation worse. Serious concerns to raise at JCUU and if necessary ESRG Cubane Agreed to take to JCUU Car parking Members shocked by the increased costs. Management stating these were ‘agreed’ but they must mean agreed with other parts of management as not agreed by trade unions. To raise at General Meeting. Setting date for General Meeting Meeting will be 7 October 2pm Setting away day agenda Ref and Tef, Cubane, pay dispute, Prevent, access to facilities for former employees, job security and casualisation, comms, surgeries / roadshows / themed meetings, recruitment and organisation, casework Manchester pay discussion Committee members to let Mark know if they want to attend Refugee crisis Collecting items in UCU office or with Mark or Lesley, working with LUU. Co-option Carry over to following Committee School … Continue reading →