Queens UCU Newsletter
- Support Your USS Negotiators
- Restricted Vision
- UK Degree-Level Spending Lags Behind Competitors and Social Inequalities Persist
- Now Mediation is Needed
- Local Specialist Group Meetings
Queens UCU Newsletter
Please read arrangements in UCUHE226 for a special conference on USS on 19th Sept
The proposals included in the “Vision” are likely to have a profound impact upon all staff in the University if enacted. The management have however stressed to UCU that no decisions have been made at this point.
It is important that ALL of our members indicate their position in relation to the major changes that will affect all staff.
We are seeking advice from ALL of our members. We will not reveal your identity and the comments will be strictly confidential.
Please send your comments to UCU before the 22nd August.
You can download a template here and forward your response as an attachment to UCU-Officers@qub.ac.uk. Use the subject: "UCU CONSULTATION AND FEEDBACK ON THE VICE-CHANCELLOR’S VISION". Alternatively you can return a hard copy to the UCU Office, Lanyon South. Blank hard copies of the template are also available outside the UCU Office.
UCU members in Lambeth College have been on indefinite strike action since 3rd June.
We have launched a recruitment drive to attract new members to UCU at Queen’s. Whilst we have a substantial number of members in UCU at Queen’s, we feel that many staff are unsure about what support UCU offers and have not considered joining. The officers involved have worked hard in their own personal time to organise this effort. Over the next few weeks individual hardcopy letters to all staff who are not members of UCU are being sent along with a membership pack and form. These will be followed up by personal contacts in each area. If you know of any colleagues who are not members of UCU, please encourage them to join. They will receive their letters in the very near future.
You can find UCU advice on pay docking on the National UCU site at
If necessary further on advice on local legal issues regarding pay docking will be given.
UCU are urging all those that took part in the two hour strikes to write to their management to complain.
A suggested form of wording has been provided by HQ for this purpose.
UCU HQ has provided answers to questions relating to the Fair Pay campaign
Students: read here to know why your lecturers are taking industrial action
To exert further pressure on our employers all UCU members should now be working to contract.
Working to contract is action short of a strike but it is not breach of contract and it does not constitute partial performance.
We are asking members to observe their contracts strictly and withdraw goodwill.
Advice is available at: http://www.ucu.org.uk/workingtocontract
In brief, members should
OUR PLAN FOR ACTION
The plan we are putting before you calls for a combination of escalating action short of a strike (ASOS) and strike action over a period of months. At the outset, we will begin a programme of working to contract, alongside a UK-wide strike. But we have to have the full armoury of tactics available to us. That’s why we’re also balloting you for action short of a strike up to an including a marking ban.
When you vote for ASOS, this is what you will be voting for.
It is VITAL to vote for both ASOS and strike action. The importance of this cannot be overstated. We MUST have a mandate that includes strike action. If we don’t, we won’t be able to escalate toward rolling strike action across the country. Most importantly, we won’t be able to counter any attempt to attack members’ pay through deductions for partial performance of duties.
A vote for ASOS without a similar vote for strike action will not give us what we need to take effective action. It will lack credibility. No one likes voting for industrial action. It’s not why anyone enters the profession or makes the decision to work in higher education. But the sad truth is that the attacks we are facing give us little choice.
Please download and distribute the following campaign material:
It’s time to sort out zero hours contracts, they should be a rare exception not the norm: so sign the petition.
Dave Muritu, UCU’s branch secretary at Halesowen college in the West Midlands has been dismissed from his job following what has been described as a ‘kangaroo court’ at which the college management failed to follow their own disciplinary procedures and failed to provide evidence to support their allegations.
Please take a moment to sign the petition to support Dave and his colleagues at Halesowen:
UCU have proposed to employers that the suspension takes effect on Wednesday 26 September 2012. Click for details
The survey of all QUB teaching staff on the issue of Diversity and Student Evaluations of Teaching has now been completed. The resulting report is now available in the Local Issues section of the website.
We are encouraging members to ask their MPs to sign the Early Day Motion 413 on the Knowledge Economy. To date, Mark Durkan, Naomi Long, Gregory Campbell, Margaret Ritchie and Allasdair McDonnell have signed.
Please email your MP, and ask them to sign this EDM (see the link below) – and forward to members if possible,
Sylvia Hermon – North Down – email@example.com
Ian Paisley – North Antrim – ian.paisley.mp@PARLIAMENT.UK
Nigel Dodds – North Belfast – firstname.lastname@example.org
William McCrea – South Antrim – William.email@example.com
Jeffrey Donaldson – Lagan Valley Jeffrey.firstname.lastname@example.org
Sammy Wilson – East Antrim email@example.com
Jim Shannon – Strangford – firstname.lastname@example.org
David Simpson – Upper Bann – email@example.com
Meeting at 5.30 on Monday 23rd April 2013 in the offices of Unite the Union 26-34 Antirm Road
Despite peace talks beginning between the Colombian Government and the FARC guerrillas last November, dangers for the opposition and peace activists have increased in recent months. Last year saw 20 trade union members and 69 human rights activists murdered. The Patriotic March , a new mass movement grouping unions, peasant farmers, indigenous and others is calling for peace with social justice, for a ceasefire during the talks and for civil society to have a voice in the process. They have already had many members murdered and imprisoned. Despite the repression they have faced they are organising people across the country building the biggest progressive movement seen in Colombia for the last 20 years. Justice for Colombia (JFC) is building support across the UK and Ireland for the peace process, and Northern Ireland trade unions are playing a crucial role in the campaign. Come and hear from some of the leaders of the Patriotic March as well as from trade union leaders who recently took part in a cross-party delegation to Colombia.