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!
All members general meeting, 29 September, 1pm – 2pm, Michael Sadler Building, lower ground floor, seminar room LG15. Agenda Minutes and matters arising from previous meetings EU and Brexit Free movement motion –University of Leeds UCU local association This UCU local association notes that existing UCU policy on migration and labour markets recognises the social, cultural and economic value of migration and opposes all forms of racism and the Points-Based Immigration Scheme. This policy was strongly condemmend by the UCU Congress 2009’s resolution as “discriminatory and an attack on the civil liberties of international staff and students”; “likely to lead to draconian absence and sickness policies being introduced”; “likely to severely damage the international status, and quality of education and research in institutions due to the loss of overseas staff and students”; “counter to our core values of academic freedom and equality”; imposing extra duties including the monitoring and surveillance of international staff and students (Link to UCU guidance). This policy, however, does not explicitly refer to a commitment to defend the free movement of labour, including for all workers in higher education. This UCU local association further notes that the existing free movement of labour within the European Economic Area (EEA) is seriously threatened by the EU referendum vote to leave. If this is ended, EEA staff will be drawn under the Points-Based Immigration Scheme, meaning that they will be subject to the same continual visa restrictions, employer-sponsorship arrangements, and monitoring mechansisms that our international colleagues already face. Similar barriers will likely be placed on UK nationals living in or moving to the EEA. This UCU local association believes that the end of freedom of movement of labour would represent a significant worsening of the condition of present and future EEA staff in the UK. Any restrictions on freedom of movement of labour, and our right to work without discrimination based on nationality, will put increasing competitive pressure on EEA staff, and thus affect staff as a whole and weaken our union. It will also have a detrimental effect on the educational experience and academic life, which are critically enriched by the intelectual and cultural contribution made by the international staff and students on our campuses. This UCU local association therefore agrees that, while continuing to campaign against the Points-Based Immigration Scheme, we must defend existing free movement arrangements, both within and without the EEA. This UCU local association resolves … Continue reading →
Are you on a casualised contract? Do you know someone who is? These include fixed term, hourly paid, zero hours, agency contracts… If you do not have a permanent, salaried post, then you are on a casualised contract. We know that casualised staff may have particular questions about taking part in industrial action. Did you know that casualisation issues are a key part of the current dispute? Casualisation forms a key part of the joint unions pay and equality claim for 2016-17. We want nationally-agreed action for institutions to reduce the proportion of their staff on casual and zero-hour contracts and to ensure that their pay reflects the rate-for-the-job of permanent staff – you can read more here: https://www.ucu.org.uk/he2016 Do you want to find out more about the upcoming industrial action and campaigning? We’re having a meeting! Members and non-members all welcome, please bring your colleagues along to discuss: – How do I strike? – Why should I strike? – The Leeds UCU Strike Hardship Fund: what it is and how to apply – What about the “work to contract” action short of a strike (begins 25 May)? – Campaigning at Leeds: what’s happening, when, sharing ideas – What are we doing at Leeds to fight for secure and fair contracts and how are we including it in our campaigns? Please come to our UCU meeting for staff on casualised contracts on Monday at 4pm in Baines 1.13, and pass this message on to anyone (member or non-member) who is on a casualised contract. We will have tea, cake, and lots of solidarity and support! Also, check out our local campaign materials, including a poster dedicated to casualised members: http://www.leedsucu.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/casual.pdf … Continue reading →
On international women’s day we’ll be screening the UCU short film: A woman’s place is in the union Followed by a discussion on the gender pay gap in higher education. Tuesday 8 March 12pm—1pm Baines Wing room 1.06 This is an open meeting: members, non-members, and students welcome. … Continue reading →
As part of our campaign to improve workloads UCU has organised an open meeting at 1pm today to discuss workloads. It’s in the Maurice Keyworth Building, Seminar Room 1.33. Come along and discuss your concerns and your ideas. … Continue reading →