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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.

Members call for more job security for hourly paid staff

A well attended members’ meeting on 25th February agreed to lodge a formal reference with our employer over its use of casual contracts.  The University of Bath was revealed as one of the country’s heaviest users of casual contracts for teaching and research, and despite an undertaking last October from the Vice Chancellor last to reduce its dependence on casual contracts we have seen no movement.

Our growing number of members who are hourly paid are looking for support from those on more secure contracts to win some improvements, and the branch has put its weight behind them.

The meeting also called on University managers to:

  • modify the University’s disproportionate’ response to the Prevent legislation
  • honour its 2007 agreement with UCU that staff on Grade 6 should progress to Grade 7
  • improve access for those with sensory and mobility impairments trying to get from the bus terminus to the Parade

Full report of this members’ meeting

Annual General Meeting Tuesday 8th December 1.15 pm

University of Bath UCU Annual General Meeting takes place next  TUESDAY 8th DECEMBER  1.15 PM  Wessex House Council Chamber.

Agenda

If you wish to nominate yourself or another member (with their agreement) for any position please contact me before Tuesday.

There will be light refreshments from 1 pm, and after we have disposed of the routine business of the meeting we will have a chance to discuss the recent Green Paper on HE, which

  • threatens to put up tuition fees,
  • imposes a Teaching Excellence Framework that will have exactly the opposite effect and
  • creates a cowboys’ charter (‘provider exit’ will be permitted) for HE

We will be joined in that discussion by Jamie Melrose (University of Bristol UCU)

Pay talks stall but UCU makes national and local gains for members

Last week’s branch meeting heard a detailed report from our delegates to UCU national congress, and also news of a couple of wins for union members nationally and locally.

The employers’ pay offer remains at 1%, with slightly higher increases for those in Grades 1 and 2.   UCU is recommending members to reject this offer, which consolidates our 15% loss of pay since 2009.  Members will be consulted on the offer in an e-ballot starting this week

Nationally UCU have defeated an attempt by the University of Warwick to create a new agency for hourly paid teaching staff, TeachHigher.   Terms and conditions of employment would have been even worse than those on offer to hourly paid staff currently.  Their plan was to roll this out nationally, so its collapse is a significant victory.

Locally UCU is continuing to seek improvements to the terms and conditions of casualised staff at the University of Bath, and there will be a further meeting with university managers on this later in June.

The university has withdrawn its plan to change the way that lecture recording is organised.  The existing system, where staff opt IN to recording rather than opting OUT, will continue.  This follows strong representations from local UCU reps.

UCU has won concessions for some of our student members who are resident tutors.   Those who are Tier 4 visa holders were facing the prospect of losing all their opportunities for paid work but following a productive dialogue with university managers this has been mitigated.

UCU is supporting the anti-austerity demonstration in London on 20th June.   There are coaches from Bath.

 

Branch meeting Wednesday 22nd April 1.15 pm 1W2.104

Main items for discussion are the 2015 pay claim and the proposal by management to record all lectures.

Annual General Meeting Monday 8th December 3.15 pm 8W2.30

Please join us for our Annual General Meeting on Monday 8th December, followed from 4-5 pm by refreshments in Wessex House Restaurant.

Agenda and reports for AGM.

Bath branch unites to defend USS as a defined benefits pension scheme

A well attended branch meeting on 11 September agreed to send a strong message to next week’s delegate conference on the future of the USS pension scheme. There were different points of view in the meeting but everyone was agreed on the need to defend one of the last remaining defined benefits pension schemes in the country. Full details of the meeting are in the minutes.

National UCU briefings on USS pension:

Branch briefing (July 2014)

Report and recommendations of UCU Superannuation Working Group to Special Conference on USS (September 2014)

Looking back and looking ahead to 2014

IMG_0587Students join members of UCU, UNISON and Unite in one of the many protests to win support for the campaign for Fair Pay in HE.

A round-up of national and local news for UCU members at the University of Bath (more…)

Annual General Meeting Monday 9th December 1 pm 8W2.5

REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE FROM 12.45

Come and help set the priorities for the local branch over the next year.   Show your support for your branch officers and think about taking on a bit of work for the union … there is strength in numbers.

Agenda

 

Advance notice of local annual general meeting. Monday 9th December

This will take place on Monday 9th December 1 pm 8W2.5.      Refreshments provided.
All members are invited.  Please show your support for the local branch and its committee members by coming. (more…)