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UCU strike 2016: Read the latest message from CCCU UCU branch chair Connie Nolan

Dear colleagues,

The National UCU has called for two strike days this week: Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th May.

We are also asked to work to contract from 25th May onwards.

This means that you are asked to withdraw your labour on 25th and 26th May, which means that you will not be paid for those two days. You do not have to inform your manager in advance that you are taking industrial action.

Yes, it is technically a breach of contract but the Trade Union laws protect those who engage in a ‘lawful’ strike which this is.

There will be pickets on the gates to the university main campus in North Holmes Road.

If you can join us for picket duty, please assemble at Gate 1 Blue Car Park from 7.30am (or whenever you can get there).

You are also asked to work to contract which means that you should not volunteer to undertake any duties which are outside your normal work.

UCU have FAQs about industrial action on the website.

It is very important that all our students understand why we are taking this industrial action and I addressed the Council of the Christ Church Students Union last Thursday.

They fully support our action and asked me to speak at the Golden Apple Award ceremony so that a wider audience is aware that we are supported by our students in our national industrial action.

There is a template at the bottom of this email you may like to use for emails out to your students. We would encourage you to customise it with specific details. You may also like to use an email signature such as:

“On 25 and 26 May 2016 I will be participating in the UCU strike in support of a fair and equitable pay settlement for all staff in UK universities. I will deal with emails on my return.

If you would like to know more about the UCU and the reasons for the current action, please go to https://www.ucu.org.uk/he2016.”

Thanks Connie,

Kind regards,

Connie

Connie Nolan MBA, FCIPD, FHEA, MCiM

Chair HE Sector SE Region UCU

Branch Chair UCU CCCU

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PLEASE SUPPORT A FAIR DEAL FOR UNIVERSITY STAFF

What action are academic and academic related staff taking?

University and College Union (UCU) members will be taking strike action this week (Weds 25th and Thurs 26th May) and commencing a “work to contract”.

Why are university staff taking action?

Our working conditions are your learning conditions. Poorly paid staff on insecure contracts are not in the best position to educate students in the way we would all desire.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly. Every day we work hard to educate, support, develop and improve the life chances of 2.3 million students. No UCU member wants to harm your education or disrupt your studies.

However, we cannot sit back and watch our pay eroded; gender and sessional staff inequality grow unchallenged and employment become more insecure every year. As tuition fees continue to rise you may rightly wonder where your money is going. The sector has over £1 billion in operating surpluses.

Universities are spending lots of money on buildings and increasing revenues. Vice-Chancellors and other top managers are also doing very comfortably – Vice-Chancellors on average earn more than 6 times what average staff receive. They are not investing in most of their staff and many of those who teach you are on insecure hourly-paid contracts.

Stand with us

We know this action will cause disruption and we are sorry. The truth is that university employers can end this dispute today.

Please help us to get the universities back round the table and end this damaging dispute before it gets any worse.

The Student Union Council here at Christ Church support us and so we ask you to:

  • Email the Vice-chancellor calling on them to press national negotiators to make a better offer.
  • Talk to the Student Union about how you can get involved in supportive activities.
  • Speak to your lecturers and other staff and let them know you support them.

It is the staff and students who make a university.

 

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