Where will I find my ballot paper? What is the last date for submitting my ballot paper? I haven’t received a ballot paper. How do I request a replacement? Why can’t we vote online? I’m sure that would boost numbers significantly. Particularly upset by the large amount of paper used when it could all be online. What are we trying to achieve? What is the goal? Various issues were conflated in the strikes which again makes it difficult to know what the goal is – was this about pay – or casualization? Pensions are more important to me than pay – I’d prefer if the union would sort out our pensions first before starting another dispute about pay. Why is the union re-balloting? I’m not sure if I want to strike, should I abstain? I’m on a good grade and happy with my pay. Why should I strike? UCU seems to be against any change to working conditions whether it is reasonable (in line with common business practice) or not. Why do we need to take action? Where will I find my ballot paper? It will either be at your home address or at work, depending on which address you … continue reading
Your industrial action ballot paper should have arrived shortly after 16 January 2019. It’s vital for our union democracy that you use your vote. Don’t be silenced. The vote has to be done by post because the government made it illegal to run industrial action ballots online Why are we balloting again? Last October Leeds members voted clearly to strike – 70% in favour – over casualisation, gender equality, workload and fair pay. The turnout locally was 49%. It was the highest national turnout on a pay ballot in UCU’s history. The new anti-trade union law stopped us from striking. We think members should decide, not the government. We’re re-balloting to exceed the 50% legal threshold so your decision counts. Please use your vote – democracy is important We need to know what the whole membership thinks about taking action, so please vote whatever your view. To help us get the turnout needed for our votes to count, please tell UCU when you’ve voted. The ballot is open until midday Friday 22nd February. We urge all members to vote Yes to strike and Yes to action short of a strike including a marking boycott. Requesting replacement ballot paper If you … continue reading
Last October Leeds members voted clearly to strike – 70% in favour – over casualisation, gender equality, workload and fair pay. But the anti-trade union law stopped us from striking, silencing our democratic voice as a union. The turnout locally was 49%. It was the highest national turnout on a pay ballot in UCU’s history. But the law brought in by the government in 2016 requires a 50% turnout, while things which would make it easier for people to vote, online voting or workplace ballot boxes, it keeps illegal. The government has no real interest in trade union democracy, it wants low turnouts so that trade unions don’t strike We think members should decide what we do as a trade union, not the government. We’re re-balloting to exceed the 50% legal threshold so your decision counts. Both the national and local elected committees are recommending that members vote vote YES to strike action and YES to action short of a strike because we think strike action is needed to make the national employers body take our concerns seriously. At the moment they are refusing to have meaningful talks on any of these issues at a national level. However you vote, … continue reading
We still need a postgraduate rep on the UCU committee for this academic year. Could it be you, or a colleague? The UCU University of Leeds branch committee makes decisions on behalf of the branch in between the general meetings (where all members get to make the decisions directly). The committee meets every two weeks on a Tuesday, 1pm – 2pm to decide on union campaigns and discuss proposals from the university. Committee members will usually get involved in other aspects of union work, but this isn’t a role that involves either doing casework or negotiating with management. We have two postgrads on the committee but they’re doing the anti-casualisation officer and equality officer roles so committee still wants a postgraduate rep. If you’re interested in getting involved please contact us.
We’re seeking another member on a non-permanent contract and another postgraduate member to join the UCU University of Leeds branch committee, to fill two vacancies. Anticasualisation officer This is a branch officer position, so the university will usually allocate funds up to 10% of your time to your department to allow them to back-fill 10% of your time. Postgraduate rep This is a vacancy for an ordinary committee member (i.e. not an branch officer) who will lead on postgraduate issues, working closely with the anticasualisation officer. (There is no back-fill time for ordinary committee members.) If you would like to volunteer for either of these roles please ask two colleagues who are union members to email email@example.com by 11am Friday 9 November to nominate you. Nominations for women and black members particularly welcome as white men are currently over-represented on the committee