On Saturday, members of UCU University of Leeds local association will join with members of trades unions from across Leeds for the annual Leeds trades unions council May day march and rally.
Who leads our union makes a difference. The union elects a general secretary every five years.
We have invited both general secretary candidates, Sally Hunt and Jo McNeill, to a meeting for members at University of Leeds to make their case as to why they are the right candidate to lead the union. The meeting is:
Wednesday 15 February, 5.30pm
Baines wing room 1.13
Jo McNeill will be attending. Sally Hunt can’t attend but we will have invited her to send us a video clip. Please come along to discuss what sort of leadership our union needs.
Elections for the UCU national executive committee are also open 1 Feb – 1 March. Please vote!
Today’s talk by Pura Aziza, who is a member of UCU’s LGBT members standing committee, is at 1pm, 11-14 Blenheim Terrace, room G15. (The entrance is at number 11.)
The talk is part of UCU’s LGBT History Month activities.
On Monday 20 February many UCU members will join colleagues in our university and others, and in all sorts of workplaces across the country, in taking a day off work to show how important EU nationals and migrants from around the world are the this country.
As university staff we know our work is international. So does the University of Leeds, which has agreed to be as supportive as it can be to requests to take annual leave to support the action this Monday.
For more about the campaign, see 1daywithoutus.org
UCU, Unite and Unison are all supporting the day of action, and we are helping to arrange activities on the day.
In Leeds city centre there will stalls on Briggate from 12.30 to 5pm, including a big group photo at 1pm. Organisers are predicting a large turnout. Then at 5pm there will be a march to celebrate migration, anti-racism and freedom of movement.
At the university, there will be stalls in the Parkinson building from 11am to 12.30pm. If you can’t make it down, you can show your support by taking your photo with one of this sign or the one below and posting it on social media. Spread the word!