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November, 2020:

UCU CCCU Update 9th November

Dear Member,

 

Things move on apace and this update reflects the current national and local situations, UCU and UCU CCCU policies and decisions and ongoing negotiations with SMT.

 

I have tried to give direct and straightforward information and statements. Opportunities for updates and discussion occur at our regular Branch Meetings.

 

Please do check the UCU CCCU website (https://cccu.web.ucu.org.uk/) and attend and contribute to Branch Meetings and / or send comments views questions etc to me (bryan.hawkins@canterbury.ac.uk) or Antonio Sama Branch Secretary (antonio.sama@canterbury.ac.uk) .

 

Our new Semi-autonomous working groups will be reporting soon.

 

The groups currently set up are:

 

Workload/Blended Learning

Protected Characteristics/Disabilities

Casework and Hardship

Childcare

Campaigning

 

Watch out too for our rolling programme of Faculty focused meetings identifying areas of concern and issues to be considered in Faculty contexts.

 

LATEST UPDATE

 

The​ Joint Negotiating and Consultation Sub Group (JNCSG) – Progress in UCU CCCU/ SMT Negotiations

 

This new UCU CCCU negotiation initiative is linked to the JNCC. The JNCC traditionally met once or twice a semester for formal negotiation between Unions and SMT. In relation to the pandemic the JNCC took over the responsibility of agreeing the Temporary Agreement (TA) and overseeing its review.

 

With the multiple concerns of staff in mind UCU CCCU have now negotiated weekly JNCSG meetings which will become the focus for the management and monitoring of the TA. UCU CCCU will pursue the identified backlog of TA problems through these weekly meetings.  

 

 

 

The TA Review 9 November – Progress and Further Possibilities

 

The good news of positive student recruitment has led to UCU CCCU’s expectation of a negotiated end to STW work within the TA.

 

UCU CCCU and our regional negotiator made this clear to SMT today.

 

Whilst retention into Semester Two is a key issue the positive recruitment is very promising.

 

However, it is recognised that adjustments to the TA must be based on sound financial information and that full October data is not currently available.

 

A further JNCCC TA Review Meeting will be scheduled in the first week in December at which UCU CCCU will:   

 

develop the clear expectations that STW within the TA will be ended asap. 

 

emphasise that the TA provides provision for negotiated restitution of staff losses into and beyond the Academic Year 20/21. 

 

 

Teaching Online – Progress and Review 

 

UCU CCCU with the support of Regional Officers,  in line with National UCU Policy and in discussion at Branch Meetings, have sought to negotiate the movement to Teaching Online in the context of maintaining:

 

essential University activities safely

 

the importance of School, Programme and Academic autonomies

 

the recognition of staff and student Health and Safety and Mental Health provision.

 

This negotiation is ongoing and is evidenced in the:

 

Framework for Learning and Teaching during the Lockdown (5 November to 2 December) due to be published today by SMT.

 

This document recognises:

 

the importance of the ongoing JNCSG negotiations initiated by UCU CCCU

 

the importance of autonomy and decision-making at programme and school levels

 

the centrality of individual Risks Assessments and their ongoing review for staff Health and Safety. 

 

These points are additional to UCU CCCU’s commitment to fully support any member of staff who feels unsafe or coerced in relation to their health safety and well – being in any work – related role, situation, or environment. 

 

 

Workload Planning – Progress and a New Framework

 

UCU CCCU have stressed in negotiations with SMT the problems of WLP in relation to STW and the TA characterised as:

 

80% pay for 120% work

 

a broken WLP model

 

confusing guidance on WLP within the TA .

 

At the TA Review UCU CCCU have negotiated:

 

a focus on the process document negotiated by UCU CCCU ((https://cccu.canterbury.ac.uk/20-21-temporary-collective-agreement/docs/Implementation-of-Temporary-Agreement-AWLP.pdfas guidance for WLP and ongoing review within the TA 

 

the WLP group established by UCU CCCU and HR will begin again to work to develop appropriate WLP models and the framework for future implementation beyond the TA

 

the current guidance on WLP on the University website will be re-designed in the light of the above.

 

 

We look forward to seeing you at Branch Meetings. The next Brach meetings are scheduled on 18 November and 2 and 16 December 2020.

 

Together we are making a difference

 

All Best Wishes,

 

Bryan Hawkins

 

Chair UCU CCCU

 

 

UCU CCCU approved at the Branch Meeting on 4 November the following motion:  

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“This branch supports the call by national UCU that universities should move all non-essential in-person teaching to 100% online. This was the scientific advice from SAGE on 21 September.

We instruct the branch executive to make urgent representations with SMT to demand the introduction of this measure at CCCU with immediate effect.

This measure is required in order to protect the health of health and safety of CCCU staff and students (as well as their families and dependents) and also protect the wider East Kent community.”

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Branch Update 5/11/20

Dear Members,

UCU CCCU are currently in negotiation with CCCU SMT in respect of the current Lockdown, in relation to UCU National Policies and Branch decisions.

Additionally, and as previously stated, it is of particular importance to UCU CCCCU that staff must under no circumstances be coerced in relation to any role, environment, or situation in which they feel unsafe.

​Please contact UCU CCCU for support and information on these or any other matters.

All Best Wishes,

Bryan Hawkins 

Chair UCU CCCU