August update 2019

  • HPL contracts – For those waiting to hear about a possible permanent fractional contract. The agreement between UCU and the university has been finalised and  HR is in the process of contacting managers who, if around, will be sending out letters to those eligible for a permanent fractional contract (anyone with teaching hours over 110 for next year). I am aware that a number have already been contacted to offer them permanent contracts. However for others there may be a delay as many managers are on leave until September and therefore no meeting will take place until they are back. Any contract will therefore will be backdated to the 1st September.  For details of the agreement see our web page on this
  • Redundancies – as noted in my last email, no compulsory redundancies will occur in the School of Sport as sufficient staff came forward via the voluntary scheme. Either way a distressing time for all involved. For those in the School of Education  however the situation looks bleak and the outcome of the voluntary scheme offered will not be known until the end of August and we continue to represent members in there.
  • UCU 30 min for Climate Emergency on 20th September – you may be aware that UCU nationally proposed a 30 minutes walkout to the TUC for all other unions to follow on the 20th September, to coincide with the next school students strike on that day. We will circulate more about this in September but there is an event planned in Leeds – 11.30 outside the town hall and with a possible march afterwards. The initial call for workers to join the school students in September came from, Greta Thunberg and was taken up in the UK by our union.
  • UCU pay ballot starts 9th September – we are launching a Get The Vote Out Campaign in September for the ballot for industrial action in support of our national pay claim. As this is a ‘disaggregated’ ballot (meaning that the outcome of the ballot will be calculated per each branch rather than nationally – in response to the Tory threshold of needing to get a 50% turnout of members) it means how we vote a s a branch is of crucial importance. We will contact individuals once the ballot starts to record who has voted. You will have been sent an email by UCU asking you to check your membership details. Currently old school names are still the only option but this should be changed over the summer.
  • Finally if you need UCU advice in the remaining weeks of the summer, I am on leave after today (as are nearly all other reps) and the only rep around is Sue Birch. For reps at any other time please see our contact us page on our website


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