Please come to the members’ meeting tomorrow: every voice matters! If you have never been to one of our branch meetings before, it’s a great one to start with: we have a very full agenda (attached!) dealing with many challenges we face as a sector and as a society. We have updates on local negotiations over the gender pay gap and imminent negotiations over casualisation at the University of Leeds, and a significant number of decisions to make as a branch regarding local policy and what we would like to take forward to the annual UCU Congress and Higher Education sector conference. We will also agree our delegates to represent the branch at Congress this year.
Text of email sent to all members 25 February 2019 by branch president Vicky Blake In this email: · 2 important updates: ballot result and General Secretary resignation · Your feedback for future UCU strategy · Reminder of very important UCU General Meeting (13 March) + motions deadline (5 March) INCLUDING call for Congress delegates + motions! · Thank you Leeds UCU Updates: Ballot:We received [news] on Friday that the UCU UK-wide aggregated ballot of higher education members came out strongly in favour of taking action and action short of strike (ASOS), but that this result has again been stymied by anti-democratic, anti-trade union laws. We are very disappointed that we are unable to take action at the UK-level at this time, but we are also very determined to make progress in our local work over our formal Anti-Casualisation claim for which negotiations will begin in March, over the gender pay gap claim we’re already pursuing, and on joint-unions work to address workload at Leeds. The Trade Union Act 2016 requires all ballots over industrial action to reach 50% turnout, which is a greater restriction than is placed on turnout for the election of politicians who make these decisions. Prior to 2016, we would … continue reading
Do you want to propose a union policy or strategy? UCU is a democratic union, we make our policies together through branch-level general meetings and then nationally at the annual Congress. Our next general meeting on 13 March will be where we decide which motions our branch will propose to the 2019 UCU Congress. Please submit all motions by 12pm Tuesday 5 March Please send motions to firstname.lastname@example.org Any member can write a motion. If you want help in phrasing it, it can be good to talk to a union rep, or to have a look at motions from a previous Congress (PDF). The general meeting is Wednesday 13 March, 12pm – 1pm, Roger Stevens lecture theatre 11 (10.11). Directions and room information
Members meeting on 10 December passed 8 motions deciding branch strategy, policy and decisions: Motion 3: USS pensions Motion 4: Motion of no confidence in University of Leeds Council USS decisions Motion 5: Supporting Vicky Blake’s Candidacy for UCU Vice President Motion 6: Continuing consequences of the IT reorganisation Motion 7: Responding to the Proposed Centralisation of Timetabling Motion 8: Anti-casualisation claim Motion 1: Re-affiliation and resubscription to Labour Research Department Motion 2: Re-affiliation to Leeds Trades Unions Council Motion 3: USS pensions Leeds University UCU notes that individual employer responses to USS consultations are now in the public domain. We are disappointed that the University of Leeds management has consistently positioned itself amongst the ‘hawks’ in this respect. We are embarrassed that our employer continues to maintain this untenable approach, notably on the critical issue of ‘risk’, in the face of contrary findings published by the Joint Expert Panel (JEP). Motion of no confidence in University of Leeds Council USS decisions University of Leeds UCU branch notes That as the governing body of the University, the Council has a responsibility to act openly, transparently and in the best interests of staff and students and other stakeholders. The University of … continue reading
A reminder that the deadline for motions to the next ordinary general meeting is 12pm Tuesday 20 November.The meeting is 1pm Monday 10 December on Roger Stevens lecture theatre 11.Room information In some circumstances the chair of the general meeting may accept emergency motions submitted after the deadline of 20 November. See leedsucu.org.uk/about-us/local-rules Details of scheduled ordinary general meetings for the rest of the year is available at leedsucu.org.uk/notice-of-scheduled-ucu-general-meetings-2018-2019