There are ongoing discussions between UCU and HR about the postponement of formal hearings and other casework. HR have drafted some principles on casework which they will be sharing with UCU reps for us to comment on. The broad principles they’re working on at the moment are: To put capability cases on hold, because they believe it will be difficult to monitor improvements during the lockdown. UCU reps agree this is the right decision at this stage, because of the pressures most us are under with home circumstances or the emotional pressures of the crisis. We are concerned however about extensions of warning periods. To assess conduct, grievance and dignity and mutual respect cases individually to decide whether to continue the case online, for example via Microsoft Teams. The collection of witness statements will continue, but UCU are concerned that formal disciplinary hearings conducted online may make it hard for a member to get their case across as clearly. Each case will be discussed with union reps, the views of the member will be taken into account (some may prefer to go ahead), and if the case is a result of a complaint from another staff member this will be … continue reading
Text from all-members email sent 3 July 2019 Casework drop-in Weds 2 July, 12.30 – 2:30, 7.52 EC Stoner If there’s something you think you might need UCU support for, but aren’t sure, drop in for a chat with a caseworker. Our casework drop-ins are usually on the first Wednesday of each month. For serious matters where you will definitely need your own caseworker, don’t wait for a drop-in session, email firstname.lastname@example.org. More about UCU support at http://www.leedsucu.org.uk/support-and-benefits/ Supporting Bradford College UCU strikes Weds 3 – Fri 5 July Bradford College UCU are striking over job cuts and pay. The college intends to cut 131 jobs, and staff have had only one 1% pay rise in the last 11 years, which means their pay has declined by 25% in real terms. If you can support their picket line on your way to work that would be fantastic solidarity – look out for the Leeds UCU banner. See https://ucu.org.uk/article/10189/Three-day-walkout-at-Bradford-College-from-Wednesday?list=1676 Extraordinary General Meeting Weds 10 July, 12 noon, Michael Sadler LG15 Concerned about any or all of: pensions, pay and equality, Head of School appointments, lecture capture, UniForum, discussion boards for in-course feedback, timetabling, or centralisation of admissions? Come and have your say at this … continue reading
This month’s casework drop-in is Wednesday 3 July 12.30pm – 2.30pm in 7.52 EC Stoner Building.(Not Wednesday 2 July as the email mistakenly said!) The drop-in is for UCU members only.
Our casework drop-ins are the first Wednesday of each month. This Wednesday, 5 June, the casework drop-in session is 12.30pm – 2.30pm, in 7.52 EC Stoner Building. For serious matters where you will definitely need your own caseworker, don’t wait for a casework drop-in session, email email@example.com. UCU caseworkers can only support UCU members. Please don’t wait till a problem arises before joining the union – we can usually only give full casework support to a member who joined well before a problem arose.
We’re trying something new. We’ll have UCU volunteer caseworkers available for drop-in sessions on the first Wednesday of the month. These sessions should be ideal for non-urgent issues where you’re not sure whether to make something more formal and you want to talk it through with a UCU caseworker. 6 March 10.30am – 12.30pm3 April 10.30am – 12.30pm1 May 10.30am – 12.30pm5 June 12.30pm – 2.30pm3 July 12.30pm – 2.30pm In the trade unions meeting room 7.52 EC Stoner Building For urgent issues, don’t wait until the next drop-in session, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the UCU office Casework support is only available for UCU members. Join the union as soon as you start work or you may be unable to access the full support available.