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University Open Day – participation is voluntary

If you are asked to work on the University Open Day on Saturday 15th September you can decide whether to do so or not.  HR issued a statement confirming this last year.  The University did not negotiate with or even consult UCU when they decided to introduce Saturday open days.  We were therefore unable to obtain any additional payment or agree time off in lieu for academic staff working on what is essentially your time. Remember that we are still working to contract in defence of our pension and Saturday is not a normal working day.  We therefore strongly advise that you do not become complicit in your own exploitation.

Please let us know if you are being put under pressure to participate.  Deciding not to do so does not make you a bad colleague or team player and should not lead to you suffering any detriment as a result of you exercising your right not to work unpaid.

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