UCU Newsletter - April 2021
Hope you are all keeping well, and managed to get some time off over the Easter break.
Here is this month's update:
Health and Safety
Please take a look at the UCU Covid-19 Guidance which has recently been updated.
Thank you to everyone who has completed our workload survey so far. We have had a wealth of really rich experiences, and are looking to collate this in the coming weeks. If you are yet to take part, it only takes a few moments to complete; the more that sign up, the more authority our campaign has and leverage to get change, as well as a sensible and properly managed workload. The survey can be found here.
LiquidOffice has been used for associate lecturer claims in the past and has now been switched off. Details on how to use the new process in myHR can be found here. Please do let us know if there have been any issues with this.
Matt Wilkins and Jo Nadine, our anti-casualisation officers have been working on a joint statement of intent regarding casual contracts, and this is now with HR. I look forward to updating you on their fabulous work in the coming weeks.
'LGBT+ language in use' webinars (CPD)
UCU are holding two webinars (I'll be attending the Wednesday, come join me!) about using the right language between colleagues and how this is changing over time. The two dates and links are as follows:
Last autumn 400 UCU members and over 20 staff took part in 'Strike School' – an online training course run by the trade unionist and author Jane McAlevey and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.
If you are interested in taking part, you can find full details of the course here. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to attend, as we will submit one form for all delegates. The deadline for registration is 5pm on Monday 3 May.
Teachers' Pension Scheme webinar, 27 April
You are invited to join the Teachers' Pension Scheme (TPS) webinar at 4pm on 27 April with UCU pension official Christine Haswell and president elect Janet Farrar which will last an hour and include discussion of age discrimination in public service pensions.
In the next month you will receive an email from the central UCU Membership asking you to check your branch, workplace and contact details are up to date. Please ensure you amend these - if you have joined BSU recently you may still be at your old institution, and any house moves or role changes may not be up to date. Please do this so little old me doesn't have to chase you! :)
Call for caseworkers!
We are in desperate need of more caseworkers. Please volunteer if you feel you can. There is training provided by UCU. Contact email@example.com if you feel you could help your colleagues when they need it most.
That's all for this month. As always, please contact http://bit.ly/ucubsuenquiries to communicate with the committee. We'd love to hear from you!