The committee has organised meetings across the campus for UCU members to discuss the statutes dispute and pensions. Monday 2 October, 12pm – 1pm: Worsley SR (6.075) Tuesday 3 October, 3pm – 4pm: Business School Maurice Keyworth SR (1.05) Wednesday 4 October, 12pm – 1pm: Parkinson SR (B.08) Thursday 5 October, 1pm – 2pm: Electrical Engineering SR (3.52) Friday 6 October, 1pm – 2pm: EC Stoner SR (7.73) (UCU reps in some schools have arranged local meetings as well.) These are not formal meetings – there won’t be voting on motions as there is at formal general meetings of the whole local association. These are just to give more people the chance of being able to discuss the issues and their concerns with other UCU members and reps.
Text of email message to all members from University of Leeds UCU president Vicky Blake that we have been unable to send because the university email list system is down: Dear Members, At today’s Emergency General Meeting members voted for three days of strike action and to ask the national union to trigger the process of censure, then academic boycott of the University of Leeds. The text of the motions is pasted below this email. Following the meeting, I wrote to our Regional and National UCU offices to inform them of the votes; they will compile the necessary paperwork to write formally to University of Leeds management in the coming days. What this means: The three-day strike (11 – 13 October) represents a marked escalation in the dispute between UCU members and the university senior management, and signifies UCU’s very real and deep concerns. The dispute is considered of national significance by the national union: members representing branches across UCU confirmed this at UCU Congress 2017 (our union’s democratic policy making body). The industrial action is over the management seeking to impose changes to the university statutes, including the introduction of ‘dismissal for some other substantial reason’ (SOSR) which UCU says amounts … continue reading
UCU members at the emergency general meeting this Thursday will vote on a motion proposing a further three days of strike action, and another asking UCU to begin its academic boycott, in the dispute over the changes to the university statutes. Full text below. Only members who attend the meeting are allowed to vote. Please attend if you can. The meeting is Thursday 14 September, 1pm–2pm, Mechanical Engineering lecture theatre B. The meeting will also discuss further threats to our pensions, based on what is widely believed to be flawed calculations. (Petition from 38Degrees calling on USS to show it’s workings.) The two motions which will be put to members on Thursday are: Motion 1 This meeting notes: That UCU is in dispute with Leeds University management over detrimental changes to Statutes, which form academic and academic related staff’ terms and conditions and protections, notably in relation to academic freedom. The deleterious changes are: Introduction of the undefined ‘Some Other Substantial Reason’ as grounds for dismissing staff. Removal of provision medically qualified chair for panels deciding dismissal for ill health; Removal of independent legally qualified practitioner for appeals against dismissal, other than in the University’s new proposed ‘substantial issues’ procedure. Removal of … continue reading
The President of the local association has convened an Emergency General Meeting to discuss the next steps in the Statutes dispute. Here are some suggestions: Assessment boycott Strikes – one day/several days/indefinite Other action – what do you suggest? If you have a proposal for the meeting, please send it to email@example.com It is vital that we get a representative view of our members, so please do make an effort to attend this important meeting. The meeting will be on Thursday 14th September at 1pm in Mechanical Engineering Lecture Theatre B (2.37). Directions: Go through the main door of the building, up the stairs to the second floor, turn either left or right through the double doors, LT B is at the top of the small flight of stairs. Accessibility directions: Go through the main door of the building. The lift is situated to the left of the staircase. Take the lift up to the second floor, turn left and go through the double doors, lecture theatre B is on your right. The meeting is for all UCU members. (Published 6 September but text is of convening notice sent by email to all members 31 August.) … continue reading
Leeds UCU committee is concerned that university management have taken down many posters about our statutes dispute from all over the campus – even from individual office doors and official union noticeboards. It’s important that members and non-members continue to see the posters around to remind them the dispute is still going on. We need the help of UCU members to keep the dispute visible. Your task, should you choose to accept it, is to adopt a poster space near you. This could be your own office door or outward facing window, a noticeboard in a staff area in your department, or a public noticeboard in a nearby corridor. Somewhere you visit or go past often. Then we’d like you to put a dispute poster up, and check every now and again that it’s still there, and replace it if it gets taken down. Obviously we wouldn’t advise putting a poster on a notice board designated for another specific purpose, or anywhere inappropriate, but hopefully you can find a suitable space. Please print off your own posters if you can. You can download one at: poster: industrial action continues (graphic) If you can’t print them off you can collect a poster … continue reading