Queens UCU Newsletter
- Planned Cuts to Your Pension
- More Cuts in DEL Funding for Northern Ireland Universities
- Devolution and the Divergence in Higher Education Policy across the UK
- Mailing addresses - please amend if possible
- Local Specialist Group meetings
- Special General Meeting on USS at 13.00 on Friday 12th September in Room 0G/026 in the Sociology and Social Work Building
- Local Specialist Group meetings
USS DISPUTE: SPECIAL CONFERENCE OF PRE-92 INSTITUTIONS
Please read arrangements in UCUHE226 for a special conference on USS on 19th Sept
UCU CONSULTATION AND FEEDBACK ON THE VICE-CHANCELLOR’S VISION
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.
Please read letter from UCU Officers
Public consultation on zero hours contracts
The Minister for Employment and Learning made a statement in the Assembly on 23 June 2014 to announce the launch of the consultation which will seek evidence on the use of zero hours contracts and invites views on a range of potential actions that the Department could take to ensure that zero hours contracts occupy a positive space in the Northern Ireland labour market.
The fourteen week consultation will be taken forward in parallel with Northern Ireland specific research to gain a more accurate understanding of the numbers of zero hours contracts and where their use is most prevalent.
An executive summary in the consultation document sets out, in broad terms, the issues covered in the paper.
The closing date for responses to the consultation is 29 September 2014. The consultation is available to download from the Department’s website (www.delni.gov.uk/consultation-zone) and can be made available in alternative formats upon request.
Invitation to join letter 2014
Recruitment Drive for UCU Members
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.
Students, why we strike
Students: read here to know why your lecturers are taking industrial action
23rd January 2 hour strike - congratulations on the best picket ever!!
Read the report
| Strike on Thursday 23 January 2014 over pay dispute || || || || || |
WORKING TO CONTRACT
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
- work no more than their contracted hours where those hours are expressly stated, or where they are stipulated in a workload agreement and in any event not to exceed the maximum number of hours per week stipulated in the Working Time Regulations (48 hours a week)
- Perform no additional voluntary duties, such as out of hours cover, or covering for colleagues (unless such cover is contractually required)
- Set and mark no work beyond that work which they are contractually obliged to set and/or mark
- Attend no meetings where such attendance is voluntary on the part of the members
- Undertake no duties that breach health and safety policies or other significant employer's policies
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:
Zero Hours petition
It’s time to sort out zero hours contracts, they should be a rare exception not the norm: so sign the petition.
Serious attack on UCU - 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:
USS dispute - Restarted talks lead to suspension of work-to-contract action
UCU have proposed to employers that the suspension takes effect on Wednesday 26 September 2012. Click for details
Survey on Diversity and Student Evaluations of Teaching
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.
Justice for Columbia
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.