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Working to contract: ask HR about it

We are still working to contract, and many members are asking what they can do if they are not sure what is in their contract.  Here’s a suggestion from St Andrews University UCU.   Write to HR asking for details so you can be sure you don’t overstep the mark.   Below is suggested text for a message to the Director of HR Ian Cheetham <>

To:  The Director of HR Re:  Working to Contract Pay Dispute

As a member of UCU who urges UCEA to reopen meaningful negotiations over the pay award I am participating in “Work to Contract” action.

To ensure that I meet my contractual obligations I would be grateful if you could forward to me all documents relevant to my employment with the University (e.g. Letters of appointment, terms and conditions, contracts and HERA assessments).  As you will understand it is important I get these documents urgently to ensure I am not in breach of my obligations.

In instances where these documents do not stipulate specific duties I may seek written clarification from my line manager to ensure there is no misunderstanding.  I will share this information with UCU who may use it both to advise me during the “work to contract” action and to conduct an equalities audit across UCU members.

Sincerely UCU Member Unit/Department/School

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