Thanks to everyone who wrote to their MP about this – the pressure worked! See more details on separate post.
Legal advice on working in the UK
UCU has produced guides and legal briefings about working in the UK for UCU members who aren’t UK nationals. There’s also free legal advice from specialist immigration lawyers available for UCU members. See the national UCU website: Working in the UK – a Guide for EEA and Non-EEA Nationals
Text of email from Ben Plumpton to members 27 March 2020 Hello everyone, Many of you will have been working at home for a week or longer. These are challenging times, and you might feel you are struggling with too much to do, juggling different responsibilities, health issues, practical problems or mental health. Many of us are caring for children or other family members, and that needs to be the priority. Try not to let work get you down, do what you can, and be kind to yourself. I hope that we as union members can support each other with some of this, and that our solidarity can help us to feel less alone and less worried. If there is anything you think the union could help with please email firstname.lastname@example.org. 1. Welcoming the start of constructive progress on Covid-19-related issues On Wednesday 25 March we had a more productive meeting with university HR managers which indicated that the university senior management is starting to listen to some of the serious issues staff have been raising through UCU, Unison and Unite unions and through their managers. There is a lot still where the decisions are yet to be made, which …continue reading
Much solidarity from Leeds UCU to our EU members, who may be worried and concerned about their situation in the UK after 31st January. Your union knows what a big contribution you (and all migrant workers) make to this university, and you have our support and best wishes. If you need to find out more about pre-settled and settled status, Citizens Advice have a useful site at https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/immigration/staying-in-the-uk-after-brexit/staying-in-the-uk-after-brexit/ UCU can also provide specialist immigration employment advice, see https://www.ucu.org.uk/legal#immigration If you need support with a particular work-related problem, please contact email@example.com UCU will continue to campaign against all racism and the Hostile Environment.
If you’re angry about the prorogation of Parliament, you can join the upcoming protests in Leeds: This evening, from 5:30pm at City Square organised by Leeds for Europe https://www.facebook.com/events/2371865616404873/ Saturday at 11am, Leeds Town Hall, organised by Alex Sobel MP, Leeds TUC and Another Europe is Possible, at which Vicky Blake will be speaking for UCU https://www.facebook.com/events/431073174172423/