Whenever the security of academic jobs is at stake the elephant in the room is academic freedom.
For the 22 June strike day we hid elephants in rooms across the campus, with a chocolate prize for anyone who found one and brought it back to the picket line. Well done to the students and members of one of unions that weren’t on strike who came to collect their prize! If you found an elephant after the picket had finished we’re afraid you’ve missed the chocolate (it was yummy). Please take good care of your elephant and please sign the petition against detrimental changes to the university statute on dismissing staff.
Today we are on strike in dispute with the University of Leeds management over changes to the university statute on dismissing academic and academic-related (professional and managerial) staff.
We call on all members to respect the democratic decision of the membership and to strike today. Don’t go into work. Don’t cross a picket line. Don’t work from home.
We are calling on university senior management to come back to the negotiating table and try to find a resolution. We can’t accept a catch-all dismissal rule but we have made clear throughout that we are prepared to work with them to draw up fair procedures for dealing with any areas they believe aren’t covered by the current dismissal rules.
The national union has launched a petition asking all UCU members to show their support for members at the University of Leeds trying to prevent the weakening of the university statutes. Please sign the petition and pass it on!