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UCU declares dispute with Anglia Ruskin University over wellbeing and health and safety

Despite our numerous attempts to reach an amicable settlement, the position adopted by the University leaves us with no choice but to hereby give notice to Anglia Ruskin University that under the terms of our Recognition Agreement, an official dispute is declared with immediate effect. Under the terms of Dispute Resolution in our Recognition Agreement

UCU call for urgent negotiations with ARU Management

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

UCU welcome appointment of new Director of HR

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:

Victimisation of UCU officers overturned

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

Solidarity to colleagues at the University Of Leicester

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

Annual General Meeting report

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 Executive calls for action and apology from VC

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.

Dr John Hogan for the National Executive Committee

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 MEMBERS FIGHTING BACK ACROSS THE UK

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

an update from UCU general secretary

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

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