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April, 2013:

17 redundancies in UKOLN

17 people have received redundancy notices following the withdrawal of JISC funding for their posts.  Most were shocked to find that the University pays only statutory redundancy pay, far less than the payments made at Bath Spa and some other universities.   UCU is contunuing to negotiate on behalf of members who are affected.   The redundancies have highlighted a number of concerns about the university’s approach to redundancy avoidance.   You can read more from one of the UKOLN staff here

Mirror Mirror … VC pay surge shows no signs of abating

The Daily Mirror picked up on the extraordinary surge in Vice Chancellor’s pay, including the pay of the Bath VC.  For a fuller report of latest developments see the latest THE survey.  THE also has a link to average academic staff salaries at UK universities.



Tom Hickey has represented us on the UCU National Executive since 2007 and will stand down this year.  He will lead a discussion on the current threats to HE and the union’s response to these in a meeting for all members on Wednesday 17th April 12.30 pm in 3E2.1    LUNCH will be provided at the meeting and bring others who are not members of UCU but who should are interested.

Unions submit joint pay claim to restore 13% cut since 2009

UCU has joined with other HE unions to submit a joint claim for a pay increase in line with inflation plus an element to restore at least some of the 13% lost since 2009. The claim also includes demands on
. An agreement to extend the top of the pay spine beyond point 51.
• An agreement to address the issues of Hourly Paid Staff and other forms of
casualisation in the sector.
• An agreement on workload and working hours.
• A national agreement on Disability Leave.
• Nationally agreed measures to avoid redundancies.
• Measures to address the gender pay gap.


UCU Congress 2013

Now that staff have no space on campus where they can take the unterrupted breaks we are entitled to under Working Time Regulations, Bath delegates to this year’s UCU Congress will be calling for UCU to campaign for spaces to be provided.   This year’s Congress motions are dominated by pay, casualisation in HE and the wider threats to the future of higher education.  Congress receives a report from the UCU National Executive Committee, and this provides the most detailed account of all the work done by UCU in the last year – well worth a look.  Bath delegates this year are Tim Barrett (BUCS) and Hedley Bashforth (SPS).   There will be a meeting in May for members to express views on Congress business and brief our delegates.


UCU, UNITE and Unison to take part in new job evaluation and regrading appeals process

After lengthy negotiations with HR, UCU, UNITE and Unison have agreed to take part in the new appeals process for job evaluation and regrading cases. A rep from one of the unions will take part in any appeals from staff not satisfied with the outcome of an application for an evaluation or regarding of their job.

Casual teaching assistants – let’s talk

Over 100 casual staff, mainly teaching assistants, responded to our survey and we have taken the responses into a series of meetings with HR.  Casuals and variable hours staff are excluded from the staff survey, so their voices are not heard by university managers.

UCU has an agreement with the university from 2009 that guarantees fractional contracts to any casual teaching assistant who has worked at least 322 hours (0.2) for more than two years.  Future talks will focus on the implmentation of the agreement and on improving the terms and conditions of the hundreds of TAs not covered by the agreement.  Please sign the UCU petition now if you’ve not yet done that.