International Women’s Day 6th March 2014

Yorkshire & the Humber
Women’s Forum
International Women’s Event
6 March 2014
Leeds Civic Hall

09.30 Tea/coffee and registration

10.00 Event commences

15.30 Event concludes


For further info contact:

Anne-Marie McKay


To book a place please

complete and return the

attached form to



Special guest speaker: Malika Achour UGTT Union Générle Tunisienne du Travail (General Labour Union of Tunisia)

Nesta Holden Homeworkers World Wide

Banana Link

Sew your own

UNITE’s Justice for Domestic Workers

With music and stalls

International Women’s Day 6 March 2014 Registration Form (2).doc (application/msword), 911 K

Stress and Bullying

How do you know if you’re being bullied? Bullying differs from harassment and assault in that the latter can result from a single incident or small number of incidents – which everybody recognises as harassment or assault – whereas bullying tends to be an accumulation of many small incidents over a long period of time. Each incident tends to be trivial, and on its own and out of context may not constitute an offence or grounds for disciplinary or grievance action. Six in ten college and university lecturers reported, when surveyed, that they had been bullied. Follow this link for more information:

 What is bullying?

  •  constant nit-picking, fault-finding and criticism of a trivial nature – the triviality, regularity and frequency betray bullying; often there is a grain of truth (but only a grain) in the criticism to fool you into believing the criticism has validity, which it does not; often, the criticism is based on distortion, misrepresentation or fabrication.
  • simultaneous with the criticism, a constant refusal to acknowledge you and your contributions and achievements or to recognise your existence and value.
  • seeking complaints from students and other members of staff, spreading malicious rumours, negative timetabling.  Supervising a lecturer without his/her knowledge with harmful intent.
  • where you are in a group (eg at work), being singled out and treated differently; for instance, everyone else can get away with murder but the moment you put a foot wrong – however trivial – action is taken against you.
  • being isolated and separated from colleagues, excluded from what’s going on, marginalised, overruled, ignored, sidelined, frozen out, sent to Coventry.
  • being belittled, demeaned and patronised, especially in front of others.
  • being humiliated, shouted at and threatened, often in front of others
  •  being overloaded with work, or having all your work taken away and replaced with either menial tasks (filing, photocopying, minute taking) or with no work at all
  • finding that your work – and the credit for it – is stolen and plagiarised
  • having your responsibility increased but your authority taken away
  •  having annual leave, sickness leave, and – especially – compassionate leave refused
  • being denied training necessary for you to fulfil your duties and having unrealistic goals set, which change        as you approach them.
  • deadlines which are changed at short notice – or no notice – and without you being informed until it’s too late.
  • finding that everything you say and do is twisted, distorted and misrepresented.
  •  being subjected to disciplinary procedures with verbal or written warnings imposed for trivial or fabricated reasons and without proper investigation.
  •  being coerced into leaving through no fault of your own, constructive dismissal, early or ill-health retirement, etc.


Chris Webb Chair, Marie Pacchiarini Vice Chair, Geraint Evans Secretary, Umit Yildiz Equality Officer,Debbie Rolls Union Learning Rep, or your building rep.


Equality annual conference


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Equality annual conference

Joint equality conference for black members, LGBT members, disabled members and women members, comprising dedicated sessions for the four constituencies in the morning, followed by a joint conference session in the afternoon.


Registrations are now open for UCU members to attend the 2013 Annual Equality Conference. It will be held at University of London Union, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY, from 10:00am to 4:30pm on Friday the 15 of November.

The conference is an excellent opportunity to meet other UCU members and discuss equality work. It consists of a mixture of motions from branches/LA’s, guest speakers and workshops, and is central to taking forward the equality work of UCU. There will be four separate meetings in the morning for women, black, disabled and LGBT members to discuss issues relevant to that group, move motions and elect members to the national standing committees. All attendees will then meet together in the afternoon.

NUT The power of education to build a fairer future

The power of education to build a fairer future’

7th Anthony Walker Memorial Lecture

Friday 18th October 2013


  Bradford City Hall, BD1 1HY 5pm – 8pm 



  The lecture will be given by Hawa Bibi Laher OBE


with a contribution from Dr Gee Walker


The lecture is free to attend but booking is essential. For more information please email: