28th Sept – VOTE YES IN THE CONSULTATIVE BALLOT before the 9th October As a member of the UCU, you are being asked to take part in an indicative e-ballot on your willingness to take industrial action against the university’s plan to make compulsory redundancies. Before any industrial action there will be an official postal ballot as required by law. It is important that you take part in both the indicative e-ballot and the postal ballot. Not only must we have majorities for action, there must also be a high turnout.
Watch a short UCU video on the redundancy situation here
27th Sept – Last academic year, UCU members successfully fought for an independent review of the role of HPLs demoted to demonstrator with guarantee of back pay if found to have been wrongly demoted. We are pleased to report that the independent review found that the HPLs were not doing the work of demonstrators, had been wrongly demoted and the staff concerned will now get back pay. See the joint management/UCU statement here
15th Sept – We invited members last June to sign a petition against trade union victimisation, in support of Louise Purbrick. We are pleased to be able to report that the University has now formally dropped the idea of disciplinary proceedings against Louise. See Louise’s statement here
11th Sept – NO COMPULSORY REDUNDANCIES at Brighton. The University last week announced that it intends to make five academic staff compulsorily redundant. The five include lecturers in Modern Foreign Languages, which the University intends to scrap, and researchers in the Schools of PABS and Education. The UCU’s argument for industrial action to stop these redundancies is here and will be discussed in forthcoming branch meetings.