UCU at ARU have called for urgent negotiations with ARU Management in light of ongoing issues of staff dissatisfaction and overwork as highlighted in recent staff surveys. ARU UCU wishes the University to succeed. There are senior managers who do inspire confidence. Elsewhere, there are problems. The letter from our Branch Executive to the Vice
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Colleagues will have heard that Janis Westely will be joining ARU as the new Director of HR. We have spoken with friends and trusted UCU colleagues at City University, from where Janis will be joining us and are delighted to hear positive assessments about our new Director of HR. Here are some of the comments:
UCU representatives, who have been raising concerns about workloads, bullying and health and safety, have recently had a vexatious grievance mounted against them and presented without a shred of evidence. The Branch Executive made clear this is intolerable. After meeting UCU, University leaders have decided no action will be taken against any of our officers
Colleagues at the University of Leicester are shaping for a strike following news that the university plans to make up to 145 staff members redundant. These redundancies would include ‘critical workers’ such as library staff and maintenance staff, who were essential to campus infrastructure during the pandemic. Others at risk include researchers with a strong
In preparation for the ARU UCU Branch Annual General Meeting on Friday 12th March, the following report was prepared. It summarises actions that have been taken by the Branch since the start of 2020, and sets out key areas of concern for our Branch moving forward. The report can be read in full here.
Branch officers have been subjected to formal grievance procedures (running over the last two months), with claims of wrong-doing which are completely false, utterly vexatious and presented without a shred of evidence. This was a blatant attempt to victimise UCU representatives. Action and apologies are required. Read the full letter to our VC here.
The 2020-21 round of elections for UCU’s National Executive Committee (NEC) will open on Friday 29 January 2021 and close on Tuesday 2 March 2021. The NEC is one of the most important decision-making bodies in the union and its members are elected by UCU members. On January 11th 2021, at an all members general meeting (with nearly 60 members
UCU branches across the UK are fighting to defend jobs and conditions as the Covid-19 crisis continues to hit education sectors hard. Below are a few examples, including ways for you to show your support. Examples from across the UK: University of East London UCU is fighting compulsory redundancies and unmanageable workloads and are currently balloting
On Friday UCU entered the first phase of legal action against the Westminster government. The action is intended to force a review of its guidance on in-person work on university and college campuses. You can read more about it in the Observer. On September 21 the Westminster government’s own Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) warned
ARU is referring some employees, who have identified themselves or members of their family as being at very high/high risk or have expressed health and safety concerns at returning to campus, to its Occupational Health Service (OHS). UCU offers the following advice to members who may face such a referral. An employee does NOT have
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