Message from the BSU@UCU Chair - February 2020
UCU (University and Colleges Union) have voted to take industrial action over the next four weeks as part of our Four Fights - improvements on pay, equality, casualisation and workloads.
For the members at the Bath Spa branch of UCU, unacceptable workloads and the increasing casualisation of staff are the two issues that have led to over 68% taking part in the ballot and, of those, over 76% voting to take industrial action.
If you are not members of the union you will not be aware of how much work we do consulting and negotiating on behalf of all academic staff both at a national level and within Bath Spa University.
I am therefore inviting those who are not members to join us and take part in our action for improvements on pay, equality, casualisation and workloads. The more members we have, the stronger our voice and the better we can make the conditions we work in.
You can join by clicking here. (Do note that you are able to offset up to 67% of your subscription against the tax you have paid).
And if you would like to talk to us, come and have a chat with anyone at any of the picket lines - we will be very pleased to see you.
In the 'Four Fights' dispute, the employer representatives, UCEA, tabled and published an offer in January. The offer contains loose commitments to address casualisation and pay inequality, but very little in the way of a plan for reducing unsustainable workloads. Perhaps worst of all, employers have failed to improve on their offer of a 1.8% pay increase that fails to keep up with the cost of living. Because of this, the HEC voted to reject the offer and continue the dispute in pursuit of a better one.
A reminder below of the reasons BSU@UCU voted for strike action:
Years of real-terms pay cuts
widespread use of precarious employment practices