Information from UCU Scotland – October 2020

May 12th, 2020 | By | Category: News

Latest UCU Branch guidance 

Reporting Covid-19 cases and closures 
Branches are asked to continue reporting Covid-19 cases and closures at their institutions using the following link:

Solidarity rally – Heriot Watt UCU branch
On Wednesday we hosted an online rally to save jobs at Heriot Watt University. The rally was supported by all of Scotland’s political parties and the STUC. You can watch the rally and the inspiring political and trade union speakers online at this link .

Branch guidance: on-site working
A reminder that UCU branch guidance on returns to on-site working is available and includes:

Template letters which members with different circumstances and/or protected characteristics can use to challenge inadequate risk assessments and unsafe instructions to return to in-person work. The link now includes Scotland specific templates.
Guidance on actions which members and/or branches can take to ensure their safety at work, up to and including: whistleblowing under Section 47B of the Employment Rights Act; use of individual rights under Section 44 of the Employment Rights Act; and escalation to ballots for industrial action.

STUC equalities survey
The STUC have launched an equalities survey to help shape the STUC’s consultation to the Scottish Parliament’s Equality and Human Rights Committee and to put pressure on the Government and employers to take action on Equality and ensure the voices of Workers are heard. The survey can be completed here:

Survey closes on 19 October at 10am.

Navigating change – bargaining guidance for reps
Many branches are facing challenging negotiating situations with their employer, and so a reminder that the Scotland office team is on hand to support negotiations. Where the employer is seeking a collective agreement with the union that changes terms and conditions, please do check in with the Scotland office, and follow the advice provided by the union – particularly on ensuring all members are informed and on board with any agreements made.

Advice on specific issues on health and safety, hazards, and protecting jobs is also available on the website:

The latest UCU branch guidance on negotiating for safe working
Re-opening of campuses – updated UCU guidance
UCU’s five tests and returns to campus
Workplace returns and negotiating guidance
Hazards and controls in HE
Protecting jobs in HE in Scotland from the impact of Covid-19
Fund the future – bargaining note for branches

For further advice and support, please contact UCU’s Scotland office:

Fund the Future – please play your part
UCU members and activists – please play your part by contacting your local politicians to urge them to support higher education. You can generate a letter to your MP on the Fund the Future campaign website, which also includes details of how to contact your MSPs.








Leave a Comment