Time is running out. Universities UK have to commit to meaningful negotiations over pensions.

Dr Steve Lui (Dr Sun Chong Lui) (University of Huddersfield)

Election address

Steve Lui, Senior Lecturer, University of Huddersfield
Branch Chair since 2012
Treasurer Yorkshire and Humberside Region
Co-convenor Yorkshire and Humberside Black Staff Network
Member Black Members' Standing Committee
Delegate to UCU Annual Congress
Member UCU Left

Building an Active Union
We need to build a united, democratic, strong and effective UCU. Membership recruitment is important.  UCU must support branches and union activists to recruit more members.

Huddersfield UCU branch effectively negotiated the lecture capture and doctoral policies with our employer with the assistance from both regional branches and office. We gained more new members and developed into an active local branch due to these activities. UCU needs to build strong local branches by recruiting more local activists and equipping them with more resources and skills necessary to enhance the health of local branches. UCU also needs to actively support both Regional and National committees as they are democratic forums for debate within UCU.

Strengthen our Voice
For years, we have suffered under austerity. UCU needs to urge the government to stop the cuts to education and end decades of under-investment. University employers are actively attacking our jobs with bullying tactics, voluntary severance scheme and redundancy, and challenging University staff contracts.  University employers are eroding staff work-life balance by intensification of workload; this was reflected in the recent "Quality of Working Life" survey. Universities staff are facing higher mental health risk than other professions. UCU must protect all members to avoid undue workload pressure and must resist the matrix culture of the University employers for their TEF and REF targets.  We must defend decent pensions, both USS and TPS schemes, for university staff.

Equality
For the past year, I have worked with BMSC and Y+H black staff network highlighting race equality issues. We put on play on refugee crisis in Huddersfield University in October 2017 with over 120 attendees including Mayor of Kirklees, Thelma Walker MP, and members of UCU and other Unions. UCU needs to address the whole equality issues: gender, ethnicity, sexuality and disability. We need to enhance equality structures in UCU by actively promoting the regional equality networks.

Are we International?
We are all affected by the Brexit vote. UCU needs to positively campaign to defend the rights of EU and non-EU colleagues and their right to work in the UK.  We must defend academic freedom and reclaim universities as institutions of learning. International solidarity should be part of UCU's work. We should affirm our support for the right of Palestinian independent state and oppose the erosion of democracy by Trump, Putin and others.  We must uphold democratic rights internationally.

Last updated: 1 February 2018