UCU Scotland News Roundup and Policy Documents

Apr 16th, 2019 | By | Category: News

1. Event – Biting the Ballot: Getting Ready for the Pay and Pensions Ballots

Register now for the UCU Scotland organising session to mobilise activists and support branches to maximise the participation of members in the forthcoming USS and pay and equality ballots – and the subsequent industrial action.

The event will take place on Saturday 24 August, 10.30am-3.30pm, at the STUC Centre, Woodlands Road, Glasgow. A crèche will be provided where required – anyone wishing to make use of the crèche needs to register ASAP!  All branches participating in the ballots are encouraged to make activists aware of the event, and to register to attend. 

Further details and registration can be found via Eventbrite here.


2. UCU HE Pay and Equality Ballot Briefing – Glasgow

HE Pay and Equality briefing 11am-4pm on Wednesday 18 September at STUC, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow, G3 6NG.

This briefing will give branch representatives the opportunity to meet and discuss GTVO plans, local campaigns on gender, race pay, precarious contracts, workload, and how UCU can win the pay and equality and USS campaigns.

Branches can send up to two representatives. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Please register HERE

For further information please follow this link – UCUBANHE62.pdf


3. UCU Branch Reps Training Session: Challenging Redundancies

Training session for Branch Reps and Officers when faced with the threat of redundancies. The session will look at the legal framework around redundancies and the challenges of the Trade Union Act, and will focus on:

·         The process of collective consultation and how to carry out effective negotiations with the employer to challenge redundancies and seek alternatives to job losses.

·         How to mount local and national campaigns against redundancies.

·         What action branches can take in response to cuts and job losses, and planning for industrial action.

UCU will provide lunch for those in attendance. If you wish to attend this session please email scotland@ucu.org.uk by Friday 16 August including any dietary and/or access requirements.

When: Friday 30th August 10am to 3pm

Where: Abertay University, Dundee


 

 

4. Preparing for Ballots Locally

Running an effective GTVO operation requires preparation! Our Branch Development Organiser Mike Williamson will visit branches to assist with the development of GTVO plans between now and the beginning of the ballot on 9 September. To arrange a session, either with your committee, a small group or even one to one, please contact Mike on mwilliamson@ucu.org.uk


5. UCU Scotland Training Courses – Register Now!

UCU Reps 1

3-5 September 2019

Dundee

Information and register here – https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/6422/Rep-1-UCU-reps-induction-3-5-September-2019-Dundee

UCU Health and Safety Reps 2

25-28 November 2019

Aberdeen

Information and register here – https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/7814/HS-2-Organising-and-bargaining-for-health-and-safety-26-28-November-2019-Aberdeen

UCU Reps 2

3-5 December 2019

Glasgow (City of Glasgow College)

Information and register here – https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/7800/UCU-reps

Those wishing to register a UCU course should speak to their respective branch in the first instance and please note courses must be attended in their entirety.

Travel, food, and accommodation (where necessary) expenses are covered by UCU as per our expenses policy.


 


6. STUC Women’s Conference, STUC Disabled Workers’ Conference

Branches are invited to consider submitting delegates to the 92nd STUC Women’s Conference on 28/29 October at Perth Concert Hall, Perth. Deadline for delegate submission is Friday 30 August. Members interested in being a delegate should speak to their branch in the first instance.

Branches are also asked to consider submitting delegates to the 16th STUC Disabled Workers’ Conference on 16/17 November at the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel, Clydebank. Deadline for delegate submission is Friday 20 September. Members interested in being a delegate should speak to their branch in the first instance.

Delegate nominations to at any of these STUC equality conferences should be submitted to scotland@ucu.org.uk

Delegate travel and accommodation (where necessary) expenses are covered by UCU Scotland.


   


UCU Scotland Training Courses – Register Now!

UCU Reps 1

3-5 September 2019

Dundee

Information and register here – https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/6422/Rep-1-UCU-reps-induction-3-5-September-2019-Dundee


UCU Health and Safety Reps 2

25-28 November 2019

Aberdeen

Information and register here – https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/7814/HS-2-Organising-and-bargaining-for-health-and-safety-26-28-November-2019-Aberdeen


UCU Reps 2

3-5 December 2019

Glasgow (City of Glasgow College)

Information and register here – https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/7800/UCU-reps


STUC Black Workers’ Conference, STUC Women’s Conference, STUC Disabled Workers’ Conference

Branches are asked to consider submitting motions and delegates to the 23rd STUC Black Workers’ Conference on 5/6 October at Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel, Clydebank. Deadline for delegate submission is Friday 2 August. Members interested in being a delegate should speak to their branch in the first instance.


Branches are also asked to consider submitting delegates to the 92nd STUC Women’s Conference on 28/29 October at Perth Concert Hall, Perth. Deadline for delegate submission is Friday 30 August. Members interested in being a delegate should speak to their branch in the first instance.


Branches are also asked to consider submitting motions and delegates to the 16th STUC Disabled Workers’ Conference on 16/17 November at the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel, Clydebank.  Deadline for delegate submission is Friday 20 September. Members interested in being a delegate should speak to their branch in the first instance.

Delegate nominations to at any of these STUC equality conferences should be submitted to scotland@ucu.org.uk

Delegate travel and accommodation (where necessary) expenses are covered by UCU Scotland.


Bargaining Guidance Library

A reminder to branches that the bargaining guidance library includes all UCU negotiating guidance for branches. It is accessible on the UCU website: https://www.ucu.org.uk/bargaining Reps will need their membership number to access this area of the website.


UCU Scotland Education Committee Policy Documents

UCU Scotland’s Education Committee has produced five policy discussion documents covering casualisation, workload, higher education governance, widening access and principals’ pay. These are for branches to use for local discussion and give an outline of the current policy debate on each issue, summarise the union’s perspective and then have some suggested questions and areas for discussion for branches and members to consider.

Printed copies are available from the UCU Scotland office or you can download each of the policy discussion papers at the UCU Scotland blog.


UCU Scotland education conference video and documents – a resource for branches

UCU Scotland has produced a video and policy discussion documents to help branches develop policy and hold policy discussions on issues of key interest and concern to members.  As well as developing policy through motions and at UCU UK and Scottish congresses, the union also runs regular education conferences looking at the future of higher education in Scotland.  The 20 minute long video below contains content from our most recent conference titled ‘What next for Scottish higher education?’  In the video you’ll see speakers consider the big questions of the purpose of universities and academic freedom.  The video ends with a series of questions branches can use as a starter for discussions locally.

As well as the video, UCU Scotland’s education committee have produced five policy discussion documents.  These cover casualisation, workload, higher education governance, widening access and principals’ pay.  As with the video, these are for branches to use for local discussion rather than statements of UCU Scotland policy.  They give an outline of the current policy debate on each issue, summarise the union’s perspective and then have some suggested questions and areas for discussion for branches and members to consider.  Printed copies are available from the UCU Scotland office or you can download each of the policy discussion papers below.

Workload

Casualisation

Widening access

Governance

Principals pay

For more information on UCU Scotland’s policy work or the work of the UCU Scotland education committee contact UCU Scotland office on 0141 225 8160 or scotland[at]ucu.org.uk.


Courage – A Course for Leading Change in an Unequal World

An STUC Equality Committees Weekend School on “Courage – A Course for Leading Change in an Unequal World” will be held at the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel, Clydebank, 24 and 25 August 2019.

 There are 60 places for this course on a first come, first served basis. If you are interested in attending please speak to your branch in the first instance, after which the branch can liaise with UCUS to complete the necessary form.

Please note the deadline of Friday 2 August to register. Any queries regarding the course contact Helen Carson at the STUC – hcarson@stuc.org.uk


 

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