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UCU strike 2016: A thank you from Connie, student union support and election of branch committee

Dear colleagues,

What an exciting week! We had great support for the two days Strike action.

Huge thanks to members who stood on picket lines especially in the cold and wet on Wednesday.

Some of you will know that the Student Union have shown their support and solidarity for us by making the Golden Apple Awards ‘a platform for their support’ (Krum).

This was a marvellous show of support and I was very pleased to accept the invitation to speak.

We were joined by a national UCU officer, Chris Nicholas and colleagues from Kent university; led by Krum, the Student Union President we walked in solidarity through Canterbury. Photos will be up on the website soon.

On Thursday we were invited to speak about the reasons for the Strike to the Post Graduate Conference, so thanks to the organisers: Nick Furze and Phil Hurst.

All staff will be shortly receiving an email asking if you were on strike. This is quite normal. The national UCU advice is to tell the truth. School Directors and Deans of Faculty will also be asked to report who they missed. This is more contentious but CCCU does do this. If in fact you chose to be at home marking you cannot have pay deducted; we are not obliged to mark on CCCU premises.

Now of course the hard grind of working to contract begins. Members have asked me what this means.  Basically, check your contract – most lecturers have a contract for 37 hours per week Monday to Friday; but yours may vary. There are guidelines on what the national UCU says on the website www.ucu.org.uk

In other news: the EGM passed the new Branch constitution; I was re-elected as Chair, Chris Harvey Branch Secretary, Richard Henson Deputy Branch Secretary, Bryan Hawkins Vice-Chair, Jim Butcher Treasurer, Ana Fernandez Membership Secretary. The full Branch Committee will be posted on the website.

I will be representing you at UCU Congress in Liverpool from 31st May to 3rd June. Full details will be posted on the website.

Kind regards,

Connie

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