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January, 2020:

UCU CCCU Branch Update

Dear UCU Members,

Following negotiation with SMT in relation to Reviews and Change at CCCU and the current FAH Review the emails below have been exchanged between UCU Regional officer Ade Phillips on behalf of the UCU CCCU Branch and the VC.

UCU started its Change and Review Campaign with an excellent UCU CCCU turnout at the FAH Town Hall meeting last week. Leaflets were handed out, colleagues in FAH supported, and the strong positive presence of so many UCU members (and our banner)  expressed a clear sense of our concern and our engagement with the manner in which change and review processes are managed at our University.

UCU CCCU will await the outcome of the SMT meeting on 28 January  and the exchange below before meeting and agreeing further actions and campaign strategies.

Best Wishes,

Bryan Hawkins Chair UCU CCCU

Email from UCU REGION  23rd January

Following our meeting on 14th January we recognise that elements of positive progress have been made and we hope that further and full progress can be quickly processed relating to adequate and appropriate enhanced redundancy terms, as well as retirement initiatives. Your commitment to avoiding redundancies and facilitating meaningful consultation within this process will be a significant factor in underpinning positive industrial relations at CCCU.

We would politely request (pending the scheduled Town Hall meeting) a written response within one calendar week to the points raised above.

Please note that the Branch are firmly of the belief that positive steps and actions will be taken by CCCU and a mutually satisfactory resolution can be agreed, however they also maintain that the likelihood of an official dispute will be unavoidable if the current status quo remains.

Once again thank you for your time and for your colleague’s time last week.

Email from VC 24 January

Thank-you for your email. We appreciated the meeting and the willingness, on both sides, to work constructively in this situation.  We have a stated commitment (in our redundancy and re-organisation policy) to meaningfully engage with staff and the Trade Unions to find, wherever possible, alternative solutions to mitigate the need for any compulsory redundancies.

At the Staff Forum on Wednesday,  which ended the formal consultation period for the Faculty Review, we informed staff that the university is giving detailed consideration to offering an enhanced redundancy scheme but we have not yet made a decision on whether we will. SMT are meeting on Tuesday and we have agreed that we will notify staff in the Faculty of SMT’s decision on whether we can offer an enhanced redundancy scheme as soon as we possibly can. We will keep you and Bryan updated.

With best wishes

Rama

IMPORTANT UCU CCCU EVENT THIS WEDNESDAY  

Dear Member,

Following unanimous agreements at recent UCU CCCU Branch Meetings we will be launching on Wednesday this week a UCU CCCU campaign to resist the job losses, poor practices, cuts, damaging outcomes and unreasonable refusals to offer voluntary redundancy and enhanced retirement occurring within the ongoing review process at our University.

The FAH Review Formal Proposal has its final Town Hall Meeting at 3.30 p.m. on Wednesday 22nd in LG16.

UCU CCCU will have a stall at the meeting and we will be handing out leaflets at this event.

There will be an update meeting following the event (around 5’ish) and we are asking for your help.

We  would very much like to see as many UCU CCCU members and staff as possible coming along between 3.00 and 3.30 outside LG16 this Wednesday to show support for colleagues at risk of redundancy and to demonstrate the strength of feeling felt by staff at CCCU in relation to the ongoing series of poor and damaging reviews and the cuts the reviews impose.

COME AND SUPPORT YOUR UNION AND YOUR COLLEAGUES

Please email bryan.hawkins@canterbury and commit a 1/2 hour of your time to support us or just turn up.

Best Wishes,

Bryan Hawkins

Chair UCU CCCU

 

UCU CCCU Monday Afternoon Drop in Slot

A UCU CCCU representative will be in the Union Office (LG69) Mondays from 12.00 till 4.00 this Semester from 27th January  

This is an opportunity for UCU members and staff to make informal and confidential contact with a UCU CCCU representative concerning any work based issues/concerns/problems.

You can also contact UCU CCCU at:

ucucanterbury@gmail.com

and

UCU CCCU Chair Bryan Hawkins at:

bryan.hawkins@canterbury.ac.uk