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Branch Update 11/6/20

Dear Members,


Many thanks to all those of you who have been attending the now fortnightly and lively Tuesday Branch Meetings and to those who have been contacting us with comments views and questions. In fact to all of you who find the time and commitment to follow these newsletters and UCU communications !


As you will have seen from the all staff communication yesterday of the SMT / UCU CCCU Joint Statement endorsed at UCU CCCU Branch this week we are at a crucial stage for our Union nationally and locally and for our  University and the future of Higher Education. 


We are making a difference and the work of individuals is vital. We will keep you informed of the negotiations with SMT as they develop and through the negotiating points (see below) which will be regularly updated and which we very much want members to contribute to, to add to and to comment upon. We need to know in order to represent you fully. These matters will also be discussed at Branch meetings. 


Our local negotiations will follow UCU policies and the recently announced  National UCU Fund the Future Campaign will remain central whilst we continue to ensure the viability and sustainability of our University and Higher Education within and beyond the Government’s current refusal to substantially financially support Universities at this difficult time. 


Please send your comments and contributions to the developing negotiation points (below) and other issues to Bryan Hawkins.        


The Joint statement has drawn on the work done in Exec and Branch and as supported by members contributions to draw together a set of principles that can inform and support all negotiations and interactions. These UCU CCCU principles are not overwritten by the Joint Statement rather they have underpinned it and formed its content.


SMT are listening to us and we are inside the negotiations on the future of our University.


Please continue to refer to the UCU CCCU principles (see below) and to contact us if you need support in relation to any negotiations discussions or situations you are involved in.


UCU CCCU are currently negotiating strongly in relation to holiday carry over and workload . Members and staff are experiencing difficulties in getting their statutory contracted holiday allocations. Inappropriate demands are being made by some managers. Workloads and holidays are very important issues and are Health and Safety issues in relation to staff Well Being. Do not suffer inappropriate demands or loose vital holiday and recuperation time.


Expect updates from us and all staff announcements soon.


In the meantime any staff unable to negotiate their holiday allocations or with workload issues should contact Bryan Hawkins or Chris Biela for support.


We have scrutinised the FAH FEd Merger Implementation Plan which has now been published. We continue to negotiate hard to avoid redundancies, to maintain EVR and to monitor the review process and to represent our members and staff please contact Antonio Sama with your views on the Implementation Plan and Review Process.


This is the time for us to work together for the future of our University and its communities. We need to strengthen the voice of our union and staff at CCCU.  Encourage colleagues to join UCU (search UCU and you/they are a few clicks away from membership).


Come along to Branch Teams meetings and contact us to offer your views, support and to help us represent you.


With All Best Wishes,


Bryan Hawkins








UCU CCCU will continue to seek to work creatively with SMT and the governance of CCCU for the benefit of staff, students and the communities of our University and the communities that our University serves seeking representation and a voice at all levels of CCCU decision-making and for all its communities .


UCU CCCU will work creatively, positively and in an open manner through problem solving and collectively agreed processes wherever possible.


UCU CCCU will follow UCU National policies prioritising avoidance of redundancies and the importance of the Heath, Safety and Well Being of all staff students and the communities of CCCU (see UCU five tests below).


UCU CCCU will enter into negotiations and expect to be involved and to contribute positively to the decision making processes of CCCU  including those concerning the financial viability and sustainability of the University.


UCU CCCU consider viability – the financial health of the University to be directly linked to and inseparable from sustainability  – the avoidance of financial short-termism through a positive commitment to the medium and long term maintenance of the University’s ability to meet the needs of its communities and to thrive.


UCU Five Tests

  1. Low national and local numbers of Covid-19 cases.
  2. A national plan for social distancing
  3. A comprehensive, clear and effective testing regime
  4. A whole [University] strategy for health and safety
  5. Protection for the vulnerable.




UCU CCCU Negotiating Points Re Joint Statement as of JUNE 10th 


Financial Transparency of any process assured and an objective ongoing monitoring process agreed.


Non pay costs, capital spend and income from sale of capital estate prioritised for savings


Commitment to avoiding redundancies maintained


Commitment to avoiding short term working


Commitment to protecting staff Heath and Well-Being


Pre-Covid and post-Covid deficits considered independently



Any consideration of action on staff costs must:


recognise Equalities and Diversity Issues 


be calculated in relation to an objective and ongoing, monitored Covid 19 20/21 Projection of costs


conform to National UCU policies and UCU / Employers  GINCHes conventions


have a mechanism for considering hardship and appeals based on individual contexts


recognise the need for a safety net 


prioritise deferment over cancellation


be focused on staff with permanent contracts 


 emphasise support for precarious workers and sessional and low paid workers


recognise pay differentials at high and low ends of salary scale and emphasise protection of the lowest paid   











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