Text of email sent to all members 5 July. (Agenda not published on the website; if you’re a member and haven’t received the agenda please email email@example.com)
Extraordinary general meeting 12pm Wednesday 10 July
The committee called this ‘EGM’ for all members because of a load of urgent issues going on now which they think members should have the opportunity to take a collective position on.
It’s 12pm – 1pm on Wednesday 10 July in Michael Sadler seminar room LG15
The attached agenda includes all motions on those subjects for members to decide if they agree these should be branch policies/strategies. The meeting was called to discuss:
- USS pensions dispute
- Pay and Equality dispute
- Head of School appointments
- Misuse of lecture capture by the university
- UniForum (another round of collecting benchmarking data on “the efficiency and effectiveness of administration and support services”)
- Discussion boards for in-course feedback
- Timetabling (which includes a motion on workloads negotiating principles)
- Centralisation of admissions
Please update your details before the strike ballots
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If you wouldn’t be able to strike if strikes are called in the period November to April because, for example, you’re on long term leave for that whole period, please let us know (because by law we can’t ballot people who are unable to strike).
Leeds Trades Unions Council conference on climate change
Members may be interested in ‘How can trade unions meet the challenge of climate emergency?’ a conference on 19 October organised by Leeds Trades Union Council.
Council of Europe LGBTI survey
The UCU equality and participation unit is encouraging LGBT+ UCU members to participate in the Council of Europe LGBTI survey / Enquête de l’EU sur les LGBTI to help the survey reach as many people as possible.
Support: sexual harassment, stress, debt, migration issues
UCU sexual harassment support helpline 0800 138 8724
Counselling, support, advice on stress and debt is available for UCU members through the Education Support Partnership (day or night) 08000 562 561
Migration legal advice is available on the UCU website in ‘Working in the UK – a guide for EEA and non-EEA nationals’ and if that doesn’t answer your question there is a form in the guide to submit to get specialist legal advice.