Update 21 June 2018: CU Group and the University and College Union are pleased to announce that they have today concluded negotiations and signed a voluntary recognition agreement.  Under the agreement, UCU will be recognised to negotiate for academic staff at the company's three campuses - CU Coventry, CU Scarborough and CU London.
 
The parties to this agreement view this as a very positive outcome and are committed to building a constructive relationship in the common interests of staff and the CU Group.

UCU agrees recognition deal with Coventry University Group

18 May 2018 | last updated: 17 July 2018

UCU and Coventry University Group have reached an agreement which will allow the union to represent staff employed by the group's CU campuses.

At a meeting yesterday, both sides reached an agreement in principle for UCU to have voluntary recognition. This will allow UCU to formally represent academic staff at the CU group of campuses on key issues including pay and working conditions.

The union and employer have issued a joint statement* welcoming the development as a 'positive outcome' and confirming that further details will be finalised in the coming weeks.

UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: 'I'm pleased that we have been able to reach an agreement that grants academic staff at the CU campuses the union recognition they have campaigned so long for. We hope that this will be the start of constructive industrial relations in those campuses and we thank everyone who has supported this campaign from the start.'

*The joint statement in full:

'Members of the Coventry University Group leadership team met with the University and College Union (UCU) on Thursday 17 May to discuss trade union recognition at the group's three CU campuses - CU Coventry, CU Scarborough and CU London.

'Following constructive discussions, we have an agreement in principle for voluntary recognition of UCU as a trade union for academic staff at the CU campuses, working alongside the Staff Consultative Group and others.  Further details will be finalised in the coming weeks.

'We are pleased that this presents a positive outcome for colleagues in this group of campuses and look forward to confirming the next steps.'

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