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Support from Shadow Secretary of State for Education Angela Rayner MP

Angela Rayner’s message of support: ‘I would like to express my solidarity and support to members of UCU at the University of Manchester, who are to go on strike on Monday and Tuesday of next week. This is a concerning case, given the fact that UCU members feel as if management have not been clear, or provided any convincing rationale for job losses.

‘The university has also claimed that it needs to create ‘financial headroom’ in light of an uncertain climate for universities. This is not a convincing argument when it recorded a £36m surplus last year, and is also sitting on £1.5bn of reserves.

‘I hope that management will get their house in order and give the UCU workers the respect they deserve.’

The ballot result is in…

86.7% vote in favour of strike action and 93.1% in favour of taking action short of a strike
 
 This is a tremendous show of the strength of opposition to the Senior Leadership Team’s unwarranted and unnecessary proposals to make staff compulsorily redundant – which are being discussed THIS AFTERNOON by the Board of Governors. The current SLT, HR and Board of Governors have undeniably lost the confidence of a very large section of academic, academic-related and senior PSS staff.
 
UMUCU Executive Committee

INDUSTRIAL ACTION BALLOT – PLEASE USE YOUR VOTE

Monday  11th September  was a very significant date – and a sad day for the university. It was the final closing date that academics in the affected areas could put in applications for Voluntary Severance. 
It is also  is also the date when our ballot for industrial action opened. Look out for your ballot paper arriving  (Note this is a postal vote (hardcopy) in accordance with trade union  legislation).
Please support your colleagues and protect your own future  by voting immediately and voting  in support of industrial action. Please encourage your colleagues to vote – and to join UCU if they are not yet members. A high turn-out and a strong vote in favour of industrial action will force the university Senior Leadership Team to return to the negotiating table, to maintain the collegial principles which are integral to a university, and to develop a long-term plan to meet its goals  without recourse to compulsory redundancies.
 
NO COMPULSORY REDUNDANCIES AT MANCHESTER
Vote YES to STRIKE ACTION
Vote YES to ACTION SHORT OF A STRIKE

Sally Hunt – no economic rational for job cuts

Sally Hunt accuses The University of Manchester of using recent government policy changes and Brexit as an excuse for short terms cuts that will cause long term damage – Full Press Release https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/8775/Over-900-jobs-at-risk-at-University-of-Manchester-as-university-announces-major-cuts

Shock compulsory redundancy announcement, joint Trade Union meeting for staff affected, UCU Emergency General Meeting

 

We are deeply shocked by, and utterly condemn, today’s announcement that over 900 staff, mostly academics, are at risk of losing their jobs through compulsory redundancy as the University wants to reduce staff numbers in order to create some financial “headroom”. The total job cut will be around 171 (140 academic and 31 PSS). Academic staff across the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, the Alliance Manchester Business School and the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures in Humanities, and Professional Support Staff in the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Directorate of Finance are under immediate threat. Academic staff in FSE should note that this Faculty is under review, so they may well be next in line.

  

In view of the urgent situation, the following two meetings have been arranged:

 

  • Meeting for all UCU, UNISON and UNITE trade union members affected by the S188 announcement: 12:00-2:00pm, Friday 12 May, in lecture theatre D, Simon Building
  • UMUCU Emergency General Meeting: 12:00-1:00pm, Thursday 18th May, in St Peter’s Chaplaincy, Oxford Road

Please feel free to share this email with colleagues who are not trade union members and encourage them to join one, especially if they are “in scope” for redundancy.

National Union of Students’ NSS boycott and UMSU lecture shout-outs

This is just a quick reminder about the NUS boycott of the National Student Survey (NSS). As you will know, the government plans to use NSS results in its disastrous new Teaching Evaluation Framework (TEF), which seeks to create an internal market whereby universities compete with each other for the right to increase tuition fees. UCU and NUS both oppose the NSS in its current flawed form and agree that it is a waste of time and money that could be better spent on education. Just as NUS has given UCU strong support in our campaigns for fair pay and job security for university staff, so now UCU will support NUS in its fight against using the NSS to justify further tuition fee increases.
 
If the University of Manchester Student Union (UMSU) contacts you this coming semester and requests that you permit students to make an announcement before or after one of your lectures about their TEF/NSS campaign, please acquiesce. Please also consider making use of the attached UCU poster and leaflet and read the following joint NUS/UCU statement on the NSS boycott: https://www.ucu.org.uk/boycott-the-nss#resources
(N.B. The university’s Director of HR has written to the UMUCU officers saying that, so long as students ask permission and learning is not disrupted, the decision regarding whether or not to allow shout-outs is at the discretion of the member of staff teaching the class and that staff can also alert students to the UMSU campaign in other ways.)  If you would like a member of UMSU to give a shout out ahead of your lecture, please contact the UMUCU office and we’ll forward your request.   
 
Resources are available at the following links:
 

A quick update on local issues…

One day strike and email to Chancellor

Many thanks for supporting our one-day strike on June 22nd. It was covered by the Manchester Evening News and after talking with him outside General Assembly the UMUCU President, Adam Ozanne, sent this email,
http://manchester.web.ucu.org.uk/files/2016/07/PayCampaignChancellor.pdf, to Lemn Sissay, the Chancellor, explaining why we were on strike.
Leafletting Graduation Ceremonies
We have, very politely, been distributing leaflets about the current pay campaign to graduands and their families during the graduation ceremonies. If you can spare 30 minutes to help, please contact the UMUCU office.
 
EU referendum and impact on staff who are EU citizens
We have also corresponded with Dame Nancy Rothwell about the EU referendum result and its impact on staff who are citizens of other EU countries. This is something the campus trade unions and university management agree about and can cooperate upon:http://manchester.web.ucu.org.uk/files/2016/07/Brexit-PresidentandVC.pdf
 
Research Expectations warning letters
We have learned that a number of colleagues in SALC have received an email from their Head of School, apparently at the instigation of the Faculty of Humanities, suggesting that they are not performing in a manner consistent with the University’s new Research Expectations Statements (RESs). This is of great concern to us, both because of the inappropriate tone of the letters and because we had previously been assured by Prof. Colette Fagan, the Deputy Dean for Research in Humanities, that RESs would only be used at a collective (i.e. discipline) level and would not be used to assess the performance of individuals. We have written to Colette accordingly. If you have received a similar message, whether in writing or verbally, please let the UMUCU office know.
 
Finally, please everyone, continue to work to contract.

Stop the Redundancies and Pay Cuts at UMC Ltd

Our colleagues in Unison are stepping up their campaign to stop redundancies and pay cuts within UMC Ltd with the full support of the Student’s Union, UNITE and UCU.   In particular, there will be a rally outside University Place on Thursday April 14th at 12:30pm.

Please come along, show your support and make some noise to help stop these completely unjustified cuts.

For more information please see: UMCLtd1

The Annual John Stachniewski Memorial Lecture – Wednesday 17th February

The annual Stachniewski Memorial lecture in association with UMUCU. This lecture commemorates the life and work of John Stachniewski, our late colleague.

 

This year’s speaker will be Jacqueline Pearson, until recently Professor of English Literature here at Manchester. Her title is ‘Speaking with the Supernatural in Early Modern England’.

 

 

The lecture will be at 5pm on the 17th February in Samuel Alexander A101.  All welcome, including undergraduates.

Fancy a well earned cuppa and a slice of cake; why not join us for The Big Workplace Meeting, on Tuesday 9th February

Have you ever been asked, “what do trade unions do…” ?  

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) have declared next week, 8-14th February,
as loveunions week.  The aim is to raise awareness about the role of trade unions, not just in the workplace but across society and how important it is to join and get involved. 

We’ve teamed up with UNISON, Unite and The University of Manchester Students Union (UMSU) and will be holding our own event from 11.30am in Humanities Bridgeford Street.  We’ll have information stalls, freebies, tea, coffee and cake from 11.30-12.15 in the foyer, followed by The Big Workplace Meeting from 12.15-1.00pm, in the Cordingley Lecture Theatre.  We’re very pleased to welcome Kevin Nelson from UNISON, as guest speaker.
 

We hope you can come along and if you have colleagues who haven’t joined the union, then please invite them along too.

Look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 9th February, from 11.30am, in Humanities, Bridgeford Street,
building no 35 on the campus map: http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=6507

If you’d like more information please contact the office, or visit http://heartunions.org/

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