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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,, 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:
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:

If you’d like more information please contact the office, or visit


UMUCU Members send a clear message to the Senior Leadership Team

76.9% of members have voted YES for strike action, with 86.0% voting YES for Action Short of a Strike

We will now be pressing ahead with negotiations in an attempt to end the threat of redundancy still facing colleagues in IT Services and to achieve real improvements to the redeployment policy in the full knowledge that if management are not reasonable we have a strong mandate for industrial action. Many thanks for your support.

We will be holding a members meeting on Wednesday, 25th November, 12.30-1.30pm, in Zochonis Lecture Theatre A, when we will update members on negotiations and discuss the next steps.



Motions Passed at the Autumn General Meeting 21st October 2015

Ballot on Industrial Action

  • This branch condemns the University of Manchester leadership’s actions in threatening compulsory redundancies to redeployees and IT staff, and in seeking to make highly detrimental changes to the Redeployment Policy which could lead to widespread future compulsory redundancies.
  • Furthermore, the branch deplores the University management’s failure to engage in any meaningful negotiations with the campus trade unions over these issues.
  • We call upon UCU’s Regional Organiser to declare a Trade Dispute on behalf of the branch with immediate effect, and to initiate balloting of members for strike action and action short of a strike (ASOS).


Rethinking UK Research Funding

A motion from this branch was passed at UCU’s national Higher Education Sector Conference in Glasgow in May 2015.

The motion highlighted the negative effects of short-term research funding and called on UCU to convene a meeting where researchers and representatives of UCU, the UK research councils and charities can explore possible alternatives.

As a result, a group of researchers at The University of Manchester, with the support of UCU nationally, are organising a one-day conference as part of the University’s “Policy Week 2015” events.

The conference will provide a forum for discussion about the way research is funded in the UK and will include substantial input from a large group of research staff.

This branch agrees to publicise the meeting by email and on our website and provide £300 towards the cost of its organisation.


We’ve had Enough! National Demo,  4th November

  • This demonstration calls for free education and living grants for undergraduates and postgraduates.
  • Education does not stop being a public good after an undergraduate degree and living costs should not be a determinant of access to postgraduate degrees.
  • Postgraduates are at the sharp edge of the marketisation of education.
  • Research postgrads are caught between being neither fully students or staff and are very often exploited in their position at the bottom of career ladder.
  • Therefore, this branch calls on postgraduate students to attend the demonstration on November 4th.
  • And will provide £100 to UMSU to support attendance at the demo.





The Mancunion Covers Dispute

The Mancunion is covering the current dispute, please see following link for the latest article.



Lunchtime demonstration against compulsory redundancies – Thursday 24th September

Following a meeting yesterday (Monday 21st September) at which management failed to offer any concessions regarding changes to Redeployment Policy, the University branch of UCU, along with the Unison and Unite branches, has registered a “failure to agree” under our recognition and procedural agreement.

To support and hear more about this important development, please come to a lunchtime demonstration this Thursday, 24th September at 12.30-1.15pm between the main entrance to the Samuel Alexander Building and the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons.

If we allow the Senior Leadership Team to impose the fundamental changes it wants to the way the University operates, everybody involved in any restructuring of University departments will be faced with the threat of compulsory redundancy – as is already happening to staff on the Redeployment Register and in IT Services and will be happening soon to staff in FLS, EPS and MHS, where a 25% reduction in PSS staff is anticipated. Therefore, please come on Thursday, show your support for colleagues already facing the threat of compulsory redundancy; show management that they cannot disregard accepted policies, practices and agreements.

We would welcome the involvement of ACAS (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) to help resolve this dispute, However, given the Senior Leadership Team’s intransigence thus far, we also need to prepare the ground for possible industrial action, which is becoming increasingly difficult under this Tory government’s anti-trade union legislation. Therefore, as well as coming on Thursday, please take part in our survey via the following link if you have not already done so:

For further information please see the following link for our FAQs:

We have also produced information for GTAs and Postgraduate Students, which can be found at the following link:

The demonstration on Thursday will also be supported by the students’ union.

Look forward to seeing you on Thursday.


A big thank to everyone who made the lunchtime demonstration a huge success

Thank you to everyone who attended the lunchtime demonstration – it was great to see such a brilliant turnout, we certainly sent a clear message to the Senior Leadership Team.  We will keep you posted on developments and if you have any feedback or ideas about the campaign please contact us.

A final reminder, if you haven’t participated in our survey, then please do.  We appreciate that it’s sometimes difficult to get along to meetings, so running a survey like this ensures that we are representing your views.

Just click on the following link:


UMUCU Executive Committee

Lunchtime Demonstration Against Compulsory Redundancies – Thursday 20th August

We will be holding a lunchtime demonstration this Thursday, 20th August at 12.30-1.15pm outside University Place.

For those of you who would like to get creative, blank placards will be available from the UNISON Office, William Kay House, Oxford Road (next to The Holy Name Chaplaincy) from 12.00-2.00pm on Wednesday afternoon.

WE NEED YOUR INPUT – if you haven’t already done so, can you please ensure that you have taken part in our survey via the following link:

For further information please see the following link for our FAQs:

We have also produced information for GTAs and Postgraduate Students, which can be found at the following link:

Look forward to seeing you on Thursday.