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November, 2015:

Trade Union Bill threat to unions

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The Trade Union Bill is a threat to all workers.  Next Thursday the three recognised campus unions and the Students Union are co-hosting a meeting to explain this and to discuss how we can oppose it.   Our main speaker is Baroness Jan Royall, former Labour leader in the House of Lords and currently a Pro-Chancellor at the University.   The Bill is currently working its way through the Lords, after receiving support in the House of Commons (see the news item from the South West TUC below for more information about the Bill).

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The Prevent Duty: a threat to academic freedom and civil liberties

UCU National President Liz Lawrence leads an open discussion of the Government’s new ‘Prevent Duty’ on Monday 16th November 1.15 pm in 5W2.1.

Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 contains a duty on specified authorities, including universities, to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. This duty is usually referred to as “Prevent Duty’’. UCU is opposed to the government imposed Prevent Duty as a matter of principle for many reasons. For example, the Prevent duty seriously threatens academic freedom and freedom of expression, it puts pressure on UCU members to spy on their students and the broad and vague definition of terrorism adopted in the Act will stifle open political debate and legitimate political dissent on campus.* (more…)