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Campaign update: 28 November 2014
In the news... | FE pay ballot | USS dispute | UCU pre-election manifesto | Your questions answered | Zero-hours contract debate | Warwick redundancies | Bath fair holiday pay win | Are you a researcher? | Lesson observation survey | inquiry into apprenticeships | Sexual orientation and gender identity research conference | Save youth services | Events, updates and publications
Welcome to this week's UCU Campaigns Update.
In this week's campaigns update:
- In the news
- Further education pay ballot
- USS pension dispute
- UCU pre-election manifesto launched
- Your questions answered
- Zero-hours contracts debated in parliament
- Redundancies at Warwick University
- Bath University UCU win fair holiday pay for casualised staff
- Are you a researcher?
- Autumn lesson observation survey
- Education select committee inquiry into apprenticeships and traineeships for 16-19 year olds
- Sexual orientation and gender identity research conference
- Save youth services
- Events, updates and publications
1. In the news
UCU launched its pre-election manifesto this week calling on any further government to look at radical alternatives to student funding. There was a two-day strike at Barnsley and members at Lambeth set out an escalating strike programme if their row over contracts is not resolved. Members at the Open University protested against plans to shut regional centres at the cost of almost 700 jobs. Government statistics highlighted a shortage of people training to be teachers and a large drop in number of adult learners and people starting apprenticeships. All this and more here.
2. Further education pay ballot
The ballot for action over pay in English further education has opened today Friday 28 November and members at branches covered by the action should please remember to vote YES and also see our website for more information and campaign materials.
3. USS pension dispute
Many thanks to those of you who have signed the USS petition - we now have over 14,000 signatures. Please could members of the USS pension scheme sign the petition and continue to promote to colleagues as we will be presenting the petition to the UUK Board meeting on Thursday 4 December in London.
4. UCU pre-election manifesto launched
Our national pre-election manifesto for the knowledge economy was launched this week; versions for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are currently being drafted. In the coming weeks, we'll also be rolling out a dedicated web space with a range of information for lobbying in the run up to the 2015 general election, so watch this space.
5. Your questions answered
As a disabled person can I have legal representation at an employer's hearing?
6. Zero-hours contracts debated in parliament
Friday 21 November saw the reading and debating of Ian Mearns's private members' bill to limit the use of zero-hours contracts and although the bill was talked out of time by conservative MPs and the debate adjourned until 23 January 2015, UCU will be continuing to press MPs on the issue.
7. Redundancies at Warwick University
Warwick University are now on their third round of redundancies based on academics' performance against 'grant capture' (the amount of money generated by research grant applications) and you can sign and share the UCU petition against this divisive practice here.
8. Bath University UCU win fair holiday pay for casualised staff
UCU has won an agreement that will see full back-dated compensation for hourly paid staff after it emerged that the University of Bath was underpaying their holiday pay.
9. Are you a researcher?
If you know of projects that had to be stopped and work lost because funding ceased, or have examples of how good local policies that retain researchers have enabled research and institutions to benefit then please help us gather evidence on the inefficiency of short-term project funding by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. Autumn lesson observation survey
Whether your employer is still clinging to graded lesson observations or they have removed grades and put genuine professional development at the heart of lesson observations then please let us know in this important survey (closing date Friday 12 December).
11. Education select committee inquiry into apprenticeships and traineeships for 16-19 year olds
UCU has been invited to give evidence to the committee on 10 December; if you have specific examples about the impact of employer-led apprenticeship funding, English and maths requirements or traineeship implementation on 16-19 year olds, please email email@example.com by Tuesday 2 December.
12. Sexual orientation and gender identity research conference
The union is holding a one day research conference on sexual orientation and gender identity on Friday 15 May 2015 at University of Manchester and proposals for presentation of research papers should be sent to Seth Atkin at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 28 January 2015.
13. Save youth services
Write to your MP today and encourage them to sign the early day motion to save our vital youth services.
14. Events, updates and publications
- USS Share Action
Major concerns about a range of ethical issues have been raised with USS members in recent years and ShareAction have launched a petition, calling on our pension fund to properly listen to our views which you can sign here and add pressure on USS.
- Workshop on how to lobby your MP and MEP over TTIP
6-9pm, Mon 1 December, Westminster Central Hall. Over 800,000 Europeans have signed the online petition against the EU-US trade deal (TTIP) - you can add your name here.
- 'Why immigration is good for us all' pamphlet launch
UCU and Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) are launching a joint pamphlet 'Why immigration is good for us all' at an event at Westminster Kingsway College at 6:30pm on Wednesday 3 December with speakers and light refreshments.
- 2014 further education staff governors' conference, 5 December 2014
This year's conference, organised by UCU, AoC, Amie, ATL, NASUWT, UNISON and the Education and Training Foundation, will provide an opportunity for staff governors to learn more about the challenges facing further education, discuss how governing bodies can respond, and how staff governors can play a full part in governing body discussions.
- Latest environment news
- Latest academic related news
- UCU trustee, national officer and national executive committee elections in 2015 (including UCU Scotland vacancies)
Information and nominations for trustee, national officer and national executive committee vacancies, including UCU Scotland vacancies, in 2015 can be found here.
- Anti-fascist campaigning
The latest issue of anti-fascist news is currently available from the UCU website here and we would like to hear from you on any anti-fascist campaigning activity in your branch/LA or within your local community: email@example.com.
- Survey on management styles and data collection in further education
The University of Wolverhampton, Centre for Research and Development in Lifelong Education are currently conducting a brief survey of further education staff about leadership and management styles in further education and how they may affect data collection.
All the best,
UCU head of campaigns