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

Robert Clunas (Leeds City College)

Election address

I believe:

Most members want a supportive and effective place in which to work and to get paid fairly. The main role of our union should be to work to achieve this and we should not get side-tracked on issues and actions which divide us.

UCU should therefore focus its priorities and resources on building union membership and supporting members. This will give members the confidence and unity to take effective appropriate action to tackle the challenges facing them.

My experience:

•   Lecturer in Trade Union Studies at Leeds City College.

•   Active member of the Branch Committee for 10 years.

•   Staff Elected Governor for 8 years - supported by UCU, UNISON and GMB.

•   Member of the UCU Conference Business Committee (CBC).

•   Previously a representative with the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), where I was involved with 3 months continuous strike action.

We should:

•   Build on and develop our effective bargaining strategy which clearly links pay claims to local priority issues such as performance related pay, punitive observations schemes, workload, the miss-use of non-lecturing roles, the increasing use of casualised contracts and inequality found within FE.

•   Use strike action (only) as part of a considered strategy of organisation, communication and negotiation to achieve a clear objective.

•   Expose the damage that the new amalgamated area -based 'super colleges' could do to accessible local provision, jobs and working conditions, whilst preparing members to bargain effectively to minimise the adverse impacts.

•   Continue to fiercely oppose the new (anti) Trade Union legislation which is clearly intended to sideline trade unions and seriously affect our ability to fight back.  We really do need to focus on positioning members to be able to continue to effectively organise in the workplace.

My reasons for standing are to:

•   make sure the views and needs of ordinary members are listened to.

•   expose the damage done to educational provision and the work-life balance of members through cutting jobs and working conditions.

•   fight against the cuts undermining FE and its role in providing the skills necessary to rebuild local economies.

•   build on the successes and benefits of the Pay Plus campaign which links pay claims to local priority issues such as performance related pay, punitive observations schemes, workload, the miss-use of non-lecturing roles and the increasing use of casual contracts.

•   work to eliminate inequality within FE.

•   expose and challenge the damage that the new 'super-colleges' could do to accessible local provision and working conditions, whilst preparing members to bargain effectively.

 

Last updated: 1 February 2018