Campaign update: 23 June 2017

HEADLINES THIS WEEK

Tories Out, No More Austerity: demonstrate on 1 July

UCU calls on members and supporters to join the 'Tories Out, No More Austerity' march on Saturday 1 July. Organised by the People's Assembly, thousands are expected to join the march against the Tory government's policy of austerity and privatisation and in defence of the NHS, education, and decent and safe housing for all.

Assemble at 12 noon at BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London and end in Parliament Square. Transport details are here and more information or to volunteer to steward: office@thepeoplesassembly.org.uk

FE teachers denied CPD opportunities

Data published by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) this week shows almost two thirds of further education (FE) teachers don't spend any time at all on continuing professional development. UCU has called on colleges to ensure staff have time and resources to access CPD training in order to refresh skills and remain up to date with developments in education. 

Effective CPD is essential to those working in education and benefits both staff and students - that's why we not only campaign for more and better development opportunities but we offer a free, comprehensive CPD programme for our members


Other news this week

1. In the news

  • A Teaching Excellence Framework that doesn't do what it says on the tin
  • MPs come out in support of striking staff
  • College angry at Saturday strike action

Read all about it here.

2. Statutes strike at University of Leeds

Staff at University of Leeds took strike action this week over changes to the university statute on dismissing staff. UCU members are currently working to contract and are campaigning against management attempts to make it easier to sack staff. Please support the branch by signing the petition and sending messages of support to ucu@leeds.ac.uk Photos of the strike day action here

3. Reinstate Dawn Holdman UCU equalities rep, Wednesday 28 June

University of Liverpool UCU invite you to show your support for sacked equalities rep Dawn Holdman by downloading this poster, taking a selfie and tweeting with #ImDawnHoldman (or email to campaigns@ucu.org.uk) to be displayed on our 'wall of support' on Wednesday. More information and sign the petition here

The branch has chosen Wednesday 28 June as a day of support for Dawn as it's the anniversary of Stonewall and will be taking further action on significant dates in the equalities and LGBT calendar.

4. Manchester Metropolitan UCU take action against job cuts

Members took two days strike action at MMU this week as the dispute over closure of the Crewe campus and subsequent redundancies continues. Support for the action has come from across the UK including from shadow education secretary Angela Rayner and former pupil and local MP Laura Smith who called on management to stop the redundancies and talk to UCU. Photos of the action here

5. Teaching Excellence Framework (Tef) fails to measure teaching quality

As Tef results were revealed this week, UCU has criticised the rankings system as damaging and inaccurate and called on the government instead to improve the working conditions of the tens of thousands of teaching staff employed on insecure, often zero-hours contracts. National Union of Students similarly dismissed Tef as 'another meaningless ranking system which no one asked for.' 

6. UCU Law Extra medical negligence advice

As part of UCU's comprehensive legal support, our UCU Law Extra partners at Slater and Gordon offer advice and support in cases of possible medical mistreatment. 

7. Streamlining proposals at the University of South Wales 

The joint trade unions at University of South Wales remain in dialogue with management over streamlining proposals at the University. The streamlining proposals initially saw 139 posts at risk across the University.  Following a successful voluntary severance scheme the number of at risk posts has been reduced to 57 (less than half of which are academic posts).  A number of the affected academic posts are managerial in nature so UCU remains hopeful that if members are unsuccessful in obtaining new managerial posts, they may be able to secure some teaching duties as suitable alternative employment. UCU has also been involved in negotiating proposals for harmonisation of terms and conditions and members who transferred from University of Wales, Newport  will be balloted on the proposals shortly.

Last updated: 23 October 2017