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April, 2016:

Act now on pay

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What’s Up Doc?! Talk from a Junior Doctor on Strike, Tue 26th, 13:15

This week, as UCU members across the country vote on whether to take industrial action over our own pay and conditions, Junior Doctors will begin an “all out” strike, including in emergency services, for the first time in the history of the NHS.

Over the weekend the government rejected calls from across the political spectrum to return to negotiations and declared that they will continue to impose a new contract on doctors from August this year. Junior Doctors and the British Medical Association have said that the new contract is unsafe for patients, unfair and discriminatory for staff and have described it as representing “an existential danger to the NHS”.

Bath UCU Committee has passed a policy to support the Junior Doctors and their campaign, and with so much at stake, we have organised an event to ask:

Why are a group of professionals dedicated to the well-being of their patients resorting to such drastic action, what does this mean for our NHS, and how should we respond?

EVENT: What’s Up Doc?!

Bath UCU are pleased to host Dr Ed Mew, a Junior Doctor at Bath Royal United Hospital, who will give his perspective on the dispute and strike.
Time: Tuesday 25th April, 13:15-14:05
Venue: 3 East 2.4.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/238487703178660/

All union members, other staff and students welcome – please forward this email to your colleagues and invite your students.

If you cannot attend, but want to know more about the Junior Doctors dispute and/or support their campaign, see this post from Bath Trades Union Council.


IMPORTANT REMINDER: UCU Industrial Action Ballot

There are just five working days until the members’ ballot closes:

  1. If you have already received your ballot paper, please fill it in and post today.
  2. If you have not received a ballot paper, you can order a replacement here.
  3. If you have already voted, encourage others to do the same – email ucu-sec@bath.ac.uk for more info or collect materials for your department at the meeting tomorrow.

For the latest news on the ongoing dispute between university employers and higher education trade unions see the national UCU website and Bath UCU blog.

Branch meeting Thursday 14th April 1.15 pm 1E.4

newsletter.april 16The main item for this meeting will be the ballot (opens 14 April) on action in support of the national pay claim.   Full details of the meeting are in the agenda papers.

See also the local newsletter for updates on pay, grading casualization and the VC’s latest part-time post.