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MRC, NIBSC and Imanet staff

UCU represents staff employed by the Medical Research Council, National Institute for Biological Standards and Control, and GE Healthcare (Imanet).

Joint union survey

Please take part in our survey to help us identify any barriers in joining and/or becoming more active in your union. We will use the results to identify any worries, issues or concerns that staff may have in their workplace. Please click on the link below and take the time to complete the survey as your views and opinions are important to us:
please take part in the survey here

Members working for these employers are given prominence in UCU's structure through a specialist committee.


Joint Trade Union Side newsletter: download below


MRC trades unions' pay ballot declaration

UCU members voted to accept the 2012 pay award after a consultative ballot of members.

As a result of a similar acceptance by Unite members, and the formal positions adopted by PCS, FDA and the BMA, the joint trade union side requested that these responses be considered as a majority acceptance of the pay offer and that that the pay award is implemented as quickly as possible.

Read the full notice here:  (.pdf) file type icon TUS bulletin: Members' Pay Ballot - Declaration, Mar 13 (.pdf) [289kb]

You can read the UCU MRC committee's negotiation report to members here:
 (.pdf) file type icon MRC committee report on the 2012 pay award (.pdf) [280kb]


MRC Unions and You : MRC Unions and YouMRC Unions and You

Visit the MRC National Trade Union Side 'MRC Unions and You' web pages for online resources for MRC Employees. 

This provides staff with a better understanding of how the work of the Trade Union Side affects MRC employees and the services available.

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Changes to the MRC pay and grading scheme

Members of the MRC trade unions have voted overwhelmingly to accept proposals for a new pay and grading scheme. The proposals followed representation made over a number of years by the NTUS regarding the structural inconsistencies and uncompetitive reward package provided by the old scheme.

The NTUS worked constructively with the HR director and his team over the period of eighteen months to develop a system that, while less ambitious than originally aimed, goes someway towards addressing the problems. The full proposals also deal with the need for career development and progression for work groups other than scientific staff and further work is to be done towards achieving this. The highlights of the new scheme are:

  • an increase in band maximums and removal of standard pay points
  • an increase in the value of increments and a commitment from the MRC to annual incremental progression as well as inflationary pay rises, subject to a sufficient annual pay settlement from government
  • The adoption of a promotion mechanism that provides for an accelerated progression through the pay bands
  • The introduction of an ethos of career progression and development within the current roles.

The NTUS met staff at MRC units throughout the UK to discuss these proposals and the response from staff was mainly positive, recognizing the proposals represented progress. The NTUS share concerns that staff expressed with respect to the political support for full implementation of the pay reforms.

 (.pdf) file type icon Download the full proposals here (.pdf) [182kb]

UCU ran an e-ballot on these proposals which closed on 27 September 2011. If you require further information, please contact pbridge@ucu.org.uk.


Changes to the MRC redundancy compensation scheme

The MRC trade unions (TUS) have now concluded their ballots on the proposed changes to the MRC redundancy compensation provision, and the revised redundancy terms will be implemented effective from 26 September 2011. The TUS and MRC are currently working on the policy development for redundancy and redeployment policy ('Green Book') and compensation ('Blue Book'), which will be introduced in due course.

Whilst these new policy changes are being introduced, there will be transitional arrangements in place.

The changes

The changes ( (.pdf) file type icon download proposal PDF (.pdf) [81kb]) when read in conjunction with the existing Green and Blue books (see MRC portal link) mean some changes to existing terms and entitlements. In some cases these changes are less than the current terms.

The key changes are:

  • voluntary redundancy, 1 month for every year worked up to a max of 21 months + 3 months notice-effectively 24 months pay. Voluntary redundancy will normally be the default position.
  • compulsory redundancy, 1 month for every year worked up to max of 12 months + 6 months notice (CSCS is 3 months).
  • staff aged 50 - 55; early retirement without actuarial reduction but no 6 2/3 years enhancement. The severance payment will be used to pay the early pension as it is being taken before normal pension age (any shortfall will be made up by the MRC). Staff still receive their retirement lump sum.
  • the MRC will continue to operate the 6 months redeployment phase of the Green Book before issuing 6 months notice of redundancy. This will operate for both compulsory and voluntary redundancy.  It is envisaged most people will leave on Voluntary terms.
  • the MRC will revamp its redeployment procedures and make them more robust, with HR/Directors mangers having to demonstrate that they have actively tried to redeploy (more detail in document).
  • MRC will recognise Transferred in service (pre 2004 employees) in calculating redundancy.
  • MRC to agree to pay CDF's the MRC terms of redundancy (Requested by UCU). 
  • much improved redundancy avoidance and redeployment process.

If you require further information, please contact pbridge@ucu.org.uk.


Newsletters

 (.pdf) file type icon TUS newsletter – technical and support staff; equality and diversity, Aug 13 (.pdf) [472kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon TUS bulletin: Members' Pay Ballot - Declaration, Mar 13 (.pdf) [289kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon TUS newsletter - RCUK, pay, university units, Francis Crick Institute, Dec 12 (.pdf) [190kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon TUS newsletter – plans for centenary year, Sep 12 (.pdf) [200kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon TUS newsletter - pay, harmonistion and consultations, Feb 12 (.pdf) [341kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon TUS newsletter – new pay and grading structure, and redundancy compensation, Oct 11 (.pdf) [134kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon TUS bulletin: MRC’s terms for redundancy/severance compensation, Sep 11 (.pdf) [217kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon TUS bulletin – pay and grading review roadshow, July 11 (.pdf) [103kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon MRC bulletin – pay and grading review, June 2011 (.pdf) [198kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon TUS newsletter – MRC's terms for redundancy/severance compensation, June 11 (.pdf) [207kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon TUS newsletter - University units, May 11 (.pdf) [81kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon TUS bulletin - University Units, Mar 11 (.pdf) [75kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon TUS bulletin - MRC’s terms for Redundancy/Severance Compensation, Feb 11 (.pdf) [120kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon TUS bulletin - Have you heard?, Jan 11 (.pdf) [69kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon TUS newsbrief - MRC Compulsory Redundancy Compensation, Sep 10 (.pdf) [190kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon UCU MRC update, Sep 10 (.pdf) [139kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon TUS newsbrief - MRC Compensation Scheme, May 10 (.pdf) [120kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon TUS newsbrief - Redundancy and Early Retirement, Apr 10 (.pdf) [121kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon TUS newsbrief - Pay 2009-10 and TUS posts, Dec 09 (.pdf) [286kb]

Annual meeting

Please go to the annual meeting page for further information


MRC committee 2013-14

  • Kelvin Cain, chair, MRC Toxicology Unit, Leicester
  • Oliver de Peyer, vice-chair, National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill
  • Roger Buxton, National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill
  • Marion MacFarlane, MRC Toxicology Unit, Leicester
  • Marion Henderson, MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow
  • Christina McGuire, National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill

In addition, the following officers and members of the union's national executive council can attend:

  • Simon Renton, president
  • Liz Lawrence, NEC, president-elect
  • Joe Gluza, NEC
  • Angela Lamb, NEC,
  • Sally Hunt, general secretary

Committee secretary: Paul Bridge, deputy head of HE: pbridge@ucu.org.uk



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