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UCU Bath Branch Meeting 12 July 2019

Members are encouraged to attend the upcoming branch meeting, on Friday the 12th of Jul AT 13:15-14:00 in 1E 2.4.

We recognise, as a committee, that this not a great time of year to hold a branch meeting. It is necessary, however, as there is an issue related to the local subs, which requires agreement.

It also offers an opportunity to update members on several ongoing campaigns and receive your comments and feedback on next stages.

To emphasise the importance of the meeting and get everyone up to speed, a brief outline of what the proposed agenda covers:

Anti-casualisation Negotiations: identifying areas for action on Fixed Term Contracts

As members are aware from previous correspondences and meetings, the ongoing anti-casualisation negotiations have up until this point been focused on introducing secure, employee contracts for our General/Graduate Teaching Fellows and hourly-paid teaching fellows. While these negotiations have not yet concluded, we are also focusing now on the issue of fixed-term contracts.

In the Statement of Intent agreed with the University, it was agreed to a commitment to reducing casualisation by “avoiding the use of casual worker contracts or other insecure forms of employment for delivering and supporting the core business of teaching, research and assessment”, with further recognition that “Fixed-term engagements and hourly paid contracts are appropriate in certain circumstances but have less security than open-ended contracts.” Fixed-term contracts were thus accepted as a form of insecure employment, covered by the anti-casualisation negotiations, albeit with recognition that there are circumstances in which their use is appropriate.

At the recent JACNC meeting, where the issue of how we could move forward on this issue was discussed, agreement was reached to identify areas for progress, and that the union would therefore consult with members to identify areas for action.

This is a call, therefore, for members on fixed-terms contracts to engage with your union reps to identify these areas for action, within the scope of the Statement of Intent.

At the branch meeting it would be valuable to hear initial feedback with an idea to collecting a representative outline of members views that we can take back to management. If you cannot make the meeting and wish to contribute your thoughts, please drop me an email in reply to this one, and I will pull together a list for future organisation.

Update on Professorial Recognition

Members of the Professoriate recently received an email from our Hartmut Logemann, our Professors Rep, providing an update on the current situation moving forward. This is an opportunity to answer any questions and provide additional details.

Refugee Scholarship and Local Subs

As highlighted at the email outset, this issue needs to be agreed at this meeting and it is therefore vital that we be quorate. At the AGM it was proposed that the Bath UCU branch fund refugee scholarships on an ongoing basis, through a small addition to local subscriptions designed to raise £7,500 per year, with the University matching this funding. The AGM agreed support in principle for the proposal, dependent upon a vote in favour of the required increase to the subscription. The Treasurer has now formally calculated the required increases. These now need to be discussed and voted upon.

AOB: Pensions, Workload, Health and Safety, Gender Pay Gap, you name it.

While keen to end on time while providing time for discussion on the three key issues listed, there are many significant issues on campus and nationally that I know members are following, directly affected by, and may wish to raise questions and receive updates, where available, from branch officers and reps. This is also an opportunity to do so.

UCU Annual General meeting Friday 31st May 2019

Date Fri 31/05/2019 Time 12:30 to 13:15 room 4E 3.10 Date

There is a pre UCU AGM  Snacks and refreshments social

Please come , celebrate the Union, chat, discuss, argue  as well as enjoy some nibble

This is followed by

UCU Bath Annual General Meeting (AGM) 1.15 PM at Building 4E Room 3.10 Fri 31/05/2019 Time 13:15 to 14:15

Below is an AGM  agenda:

  1. Welcome and apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of 2017 AGM
  3. UCU Local Association Rules
  4. Election of branch officers and committee members for 2019
  5. Reports from branch officers
  6. Local Subs and a levy on Subs for refugee scholarships
  7. Update on University Governance.
  8. AOB

Trinity College Cambridge decision to exit the Universities Superannuation Scheme

Keir Mobbs

Relevant Branch Documents – to print out if required

Presidents report Recruitment report Account reports Pensions report Casework report Memebership report
Local Association Rules