Mark Taylor-Batty spoke tonight to Gayle Lofthouse about pay, the gender pay gap and casualisation in HE on BBC Radio Leeds. Use the BBC Listen again function to catch his interview here (scroll to the 2:17 point):
These include fixed term, hourly paid, zero hours, agency contracts… If you do not have a permanent, salaried post, then you are on a casualised contract. We know that casualised staff may have particular questions about taking part in industrial action.
Casualisation forms a key part of the joint unions pay and equality claim for 2016-17. We want nationally-agreed action for institutions to reduce the proportion of their staff on casual and zero-hour contracts and to ensure that their pay reflects the rate-for-the-job of permanent staff – you can read more here: https://www.ucu.org.uk/he2016
We’re having a meeting! Members and non-members all welcome, please bring your colleagues along to discuss:
– How do I strike?
– Why should I strike?
– The Leeds UCU Strike Hardship Fund: what it is and how to apply
– What about the “work to contract” action short of a strike (begins 25 May)?
– Campaigning at Leeds: what’s happening, when, sharing ideas
– What are we doing at Leeds to fight for secure and fair contracts and how are we including it in our campaigns?
Please come to our UCU meeting for staff on casualised contracts on Monday at 4pm in Baines 1.13, and pass this message on to anyone (member or non-member) who is on a casualised contract. We will have tea, cake, and lots of solidarity and support!
Also, check out our local campaign materials, including a poster dedicated to casualised members: http://www.leedsucu.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/casual.pdf
As the cuts bite across the public sector, it’s never been more important to build our union. You can help us grow today by emailing your colleagues and asking them to join. Staff in our colleges and universities have never needed their union more. We are a growing union, a campaigning union and a successful union. Every year, around 7,000 members seek help for a problem at work from their local UCU branch. We manage to resolve most of these issues but where we cannot the union’s legal service is there to gain redress. In the past 12 months that redress has amounted to more than £2m in settlements for members treated unfairly at work. We are campaigning hard to defend pensions, jobs and to hold back the privatisation of our education system. The more members we have, the stronger and more successful UCU will be.
Circulate this flyer: http://www.ucu.org.uk/media/pdf/h/s/Recruitment_leaflet.pdf and encourage them to join online using this link: https://join.ucu.org.uk/