UCU TACKLES BULLYING National campaign

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 reporting in a survey carried out a few years ago said that they had been bullied. The Branch Committee has been concerned for a while that members here are having such experiences. So,


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, Geraint Evans Vice Chair, Michael Page Secretary, Umit Yildiz Equality Officer, Debbie Rolls Union Learning Rep, or your building rep.

Follow this link to UCU’s national campaign against stress and bullying



Know your rights. TUC Rights at Work. A useful resource for Job Centre Plus lecturers and everyone else.

While many courses have finished for the summer there are Summer Schools working with Job Centre Plus students. Many of these students are from the EU and looking for work. Here is a useful link from the TUC Know Your Rights at Work document http://www.tuc.org.uk/tuc/working_in_the_uk.cfm

This may be a helpful resource for those of you here over the summer and working with JCP students.

You will find more useful information on all aspects of Rights at Work by following the link under Blogroll (right hand side of page).

Point 8 and IFL

Point 8

At last week’s Special Interest Group (SIG) , this is where UCU negotiators meet with senior management, the two negotiators present complained of the college’s lack of progress in making payments. It was agreed that any appeals would be heard in September. Contact Debbie Rolls ULR or Geraint Evans Vice Chair for advice.


A number of members have been asking about where they stand with IFL. The advice given by Barry Lovejoy (UCU Head of FE) at this year’s Congress was that no UCU member need be a member of IFL. In addition it should be possible to claim back any membership payment  for 2011/12.

Bradford College UCU members join NUT and NASUWT members in Sheffield

UCU members from Bradford College joined NUT and NASUWT members to protest against cuts, changes to conditions and the attack on our pensions. The Sheffield march was arranged to target the constituency of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, with a similar protest taking place in Prime Minister David Cameron’s Oxfordshire base. After a lively march through Sheffield City centre, a rally outside the Town Hall at lunchtime was addressed by NUT General Secretary Christine Blower and other speakers from leading public sector unions including UCU. Speakers spoke of the need to build for action, including strike action in the autumn.

A report in the Sheffield Telegraph: http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/local/teachers-march-in-pay-and-pensions-protest-1-4741241

Rally for our Future

Rally for our Future
Defend Education, Defend Public Services, Defend Pensions, Pay & Jobs

Saturday 14 July 2012
Assemble 11.30am Devonshire Green
Devonshire Street Sheffield S1

March 12 noon to Barkers Pool (front of City Hall)

Demonstration backed by:
Sheffield Trades Council, Barnsley Trades Council,
Yorkshire & Humberside UCU,
South Yorkshire & District Amal CWU,
Sheffield GMB and the Sheffield Anti-Cuts Alliance