The Friday email

Jul 4th, 2018 | By | Category: Further information

A message of thanks from Sally Hunt

Following Sally Hunt’s announcement last week she received thousands of messages from members. Sally wishes to pass on her heartfelt thanks for your support and good wishes.

See here for the full update including:

  • In the news
  • Jailed anti-fracking protesters petition
  • Getting the vote out at Queen’s University Belfast
  • Staff governors’ conference 2018

    Cambridge UCU sign MOU with student union
    A collaborative working MOU has been signed between Cambridge UCU and Cambridge University Students’ Union. Read the Varsity article here. Sharing information from university committees and students supporting any future strike action will be a lot easier, and other branches are encouraged to explore similar arrangements – if you’d like to more information on this, contact UCU campaigns.

    University of Bristol UCU: closing the gender pay gap
    Further progress made by Bristol UCU who have agreed a Joint Statement with the University in which the employer commits to engaging in negotiations with UCU, and to, “… implementing a jointly agreed action plan …to ensure we achieve our shared objective of eliminating the gender pay gap among academic staff.”

    Mental health charter and resources
    Details about the Mental Health Charter are provided which branches are asked to adopt.
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    Anti-racist, anti-fascist events update
    Update on anti-racism and anti-fascist events which members are encouraged to support.
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    Democracy commission: election results
    Results of ballots to elect members to the Democracy Commission.
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    Annual equality groups conference 2018
    This conference is an opportunity to discuss and agree strategies to progress equality issues at work. The three days includes separate sessions for black, disabled, LGBT and women members. The joint plenary session will be a discussion on how to challenge the rise of the populist right. The workshops will focus on preparing discrimination claims.
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Higher education pay

Recently we revealed accounts showing the chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) Professor Madeleine Atkins received a 96% pay rise with a package worth £554,648 last year. Another kick in the teeth for members following a derisory offer of 2% from employers. Join our campaign for fair pay and make sure your details are up to date to get your vote when the ballot for industrial action opens later in the summer.

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