Statement presented to governors arriving for the Policy and Resources Committee today

Respect our Contract

Bradford College UCU wishes to express concern to corporation members over the continued attempt to change our contract.

UCU members have not been given a justification for the proposed changes for financial or educational reasons. We are particularly concerned at the proposed changes to hours and holidays. We believe that an increase in teaching hours and a decrease in holidays will be detrimental to our members and Bradford College as a whole.

Corporation members need to be aware that a change to our contract involving an increase in hours and a reduction of holiday will lead to:

  • A lowering of morale amongst staff
  • A rise in stress and sickness
  • A loss of productivity as staff will not be willing to undertake extra duties on a good will basis
  • A lack of time for activities that enrich the student experience including pastoral care  and enrichment visits and activities
  • A lack of time for recruitment, marketing and course development  leading to reduced student numbers
  • Less time for scholarly activity reducing our chances of achieving TDAP
  • A possible loss of staff to the school sector
  • Difficulties in recruiting staff especially where these are drawn from the school sector

College staff are working exceptionally hard to ensure that Bradford College delivers a quality educational experience. At the same time we are managing a variety of changes. The move to the new building, changes to the curriculum and the move to Teeside University are presenting us with additional challenges. If these changes are to be executed successfully staff need to be supported.

Please ensure that Bradford College continues to thrive by respecting our contract.

NUS Bradford College Students Protest. Employ, Empower and Educate

The protest was part of a national demo proposed by the NUS national union of students, the demos agenda was around employ, empower and educate. This meant that no matter what course a student was studying or whatever their educational or future aspirations are the consecutive cuts and never ending privatisation of the education system means that every student will be or has been affected, so it’s in their best interests to get involved, unify and fight. The demos main purpose was to raise the issues students face eg cuts to EMA or the increase of tuition fees etc., so that the public, media and MPs know what the issues are and that students are angry and concerned. Then the next steps are to work with different groups to help come up with ways of campaigning about the different issues to get the changes they want.

Piers Telemacque

NSU President

Bradford College

Students’ Union

(01274 433007)

Bradford College, UCU and Unison Our Commitment on Bullying and Harassment

Our Commitment

Bradford College and Bradford College Trade Unions are committed to working together to combat all forms of harassment, bullying or victimisation.

The College will not tolerate any form of harassment, bullying or victimisation and is committed to ensuring that employees are able to work confidently and without fear of harassment, bullying or victimisation.

Bullying and harassment is offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means intended to undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient.

Where harassment and bullying occur, they cause serious repercussions for the employer and employees.  They can affect people’s health, work performance and the success of the Corporation.  Bullying, as a cause of stress at work, is regarded as a workplace health and safety hazard.  Bradford College recognises that it is the individual’s perception of whether the conduct in question was unacceptable that is important in determining whether harassment occurred.

Where a complaint is made to the College, it will be investigated promptly and appropriate action will be taken in line with the College’s policy.   Where any employee is found to have committed a serious act of bullying or harassment this will be dealt with under the disciplinary procedure and may be viewed as gross misconduct, which could result in summary dismissal.  Where an employee reports an incident of harassment or bullying by a third party, the College will take appropriate action.

If you feel that you have been or are being harassed or bullied contact your HR Advisor or union representative, these can be found on the college intranet under, services, unions, representatives.

Other useful links:

http://www.worksmart.org.uk/health/bullying

http://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace/tuc-13809-f0.cfm

http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=5799

http://www.unison.org.uk/safety/pages_view.asp?did=6076

http://www.gmbyorkshire.org.uk/health-and-safety/workplace-bullying

http://intranet.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/services/HR/doclib_policies/HarassmentAndBullyingPolicy1.2.pdf

For more information see attached UCU and Unison newsletters.

The Lingfield Report

Members may be interested in reading the Lingfield Report which covers many issues of concern to all of us here at Bradford College. For example the report says,

“the average salaries of FE staff, relative to their counterparts in schools and universities, appear to have declined substantially over time, and particularly sharply so in the last decade.”

“(FEFC) chief inspector’s annual reports in the years following college incorporation warned against the potential impact on quality of increasing casualisation of the workforce.”

and, ” A number of those we met, and some of the correspondence we received from others, exhibited a strain of fearfulness which concerned us”

Here is the link:

http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/further-education-skills/docs/p/12-1198-professionalism-in-further-education-final

TUC backs Europe-wide day of protest against austerity

The TUC has sent support to workers across Europe taking action in a wave of  General Strikes. Many of these will be teachers and lecturers. Follow this link to the TUC’s web site. Other links below in this TUC release.

http://www.tuc.org.uk/index.cfm

Action against austerity #14nov2012

Action against austerity graphic banner

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has designated Wednesday 14 November 2012 as a day of action against austerity, for jobs and growth: see why. Trade unions across Europe are taking action and demanding a change of course. Here’s a quick guide to what’s happening, what’s on the web, and what resources you can use.

The main action in the UK took place on 20 October, with marches in Belfast, Glasgow and London for a future that works. But British trade unionists are also taking action on 14 November in solidarity with workers around Europe, because although some countries are being hit harder than others, all European workers are affected. ETUC General Secretary Bernadette Segol has recorded a short video message explaining the need for action.

You can also read the TUC press release which was issued this morning.

General strikes in some of the most affected countries

In the worst affected countries, trade unions are striking for a better way. The TUC has reports on our website about action in:

The ETUC has created an online map showing what action is taking place around Europe – but there are lots of demonstrations and protests in towns too small to appear on a map of Europe, so this is only the main national action!

Lobbying action

The TUC will be sending a message to Jose Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission, urging him and his colleagues, and the governments they represent, to change course urgently. TUC leaders Brendan Barber and Lesley Mercer will be taking the message by hand to the EU representation in the UK.

British trade unionists and Members of the European Parliament will also be joining a rally outside the European Commission offices in Brussels outside the Berlaymont at lunchtime on Wednesday, and we’ll be reporting back on the rally by twitter, using the ETUC’s official hashtag for the day, #14nov2012.

The TUC has also responded to requests from the Greek and Spanish trade union movements to write formally to their Governments, urging a change of course and a new approach to solving the economic and social crises in their countries. See our letters to:

Later on Wednesday, our friends in the Coalition of Resistance will be meeting at 5pm outside the EU London offices and rallying at 6:30pm in the Upper Hall, Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW. TUC General Secretary Designate Frances O’Grady will be speaking at the rally and – in case you can’t be there – her speech will appear online as she makes it. There will also be actions in GlasgowManchesterNewcastleOxfordSheffield and elsewhere. You can read the letter to the Guardian, signed by Frances O’Grady, about the 5pm rally at: http://gu.com/p/3bz4j/em.

Online action

Download the full, larger version of the TUC's 14 Nov infographicThe TUC has created an infographic about austerity across Europe showing the impact on citizens and workers, especially young people. Share it with friends, family and work mates.

The ETUC has created a Facebook page about the day of action with all the latest news and information. Like it, and encourage your Facebook friends to do the same.

And the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has urged trade unionists around the world to show solidarity by signing a pledge against austerity in Europe. They want 1411 trade unionists to sign up by 14/11!

The ITUC has also written to Herman van Rompuy and Manuel Barroso in solidarity with the ETUC day of action.

Please tweet your messages about the day, and retweet others, using the ETUC’s hashtag for action against austerity, #14nov2012.

Getting the message across online

The TUC will be blogging ahead of the day of action and on the day itself. The following articles are already online:

Online resources

There are a whole host of materials on the ETUC’s website, including:

  • ‘A Social Compact for Europe’ – the ETUC manifesto for change, a rebuttal to the Fiscal Compact which is at the heart of the austerity policies of the EU and European governments;
  • The ETUC’s statement establishing the Day of Action against austerity, for jobs and growth;
  • poster you can download and print off, or use for online communications; and
  • leaflet setting out the ETUC’s min concerns and demands.

Our rights at work are not for sale.

Please see the message below from John Giddins Regional Branch Development Officer. There is a link to follow and a petition to sign to defend our rights at work.

Please sign a letter to David Cameron and George Osborne, telling them that The Government are putting forward one of the most offensive, made-up-on-the-back-of-an-envelope attacks on our rights at work that you can imagine. The Growth and Infrastructure Bill will literally put our rights at work up for sale.

The ‘shares for rights’ plan will allow small and medium-sized businesses to ask new employees to give up some of their key rights at work, in exchange for shares in the business.

For as little as £2000 in shares, employees may have to give up the right not to be sacked unfairly, redundancy rights, as well as flexible working and maternity rights.

The Government should be concentrating on fixing our economy, and getting people back into work, not on inventing hare-brained schemes to make it easier to fire people.

That’s why I signed the letter to Cameron & Osborne, and that’s why I hope you will too. It only takes a moment:

http://www.unionstogether.org.uk/notforsale

Our rights at work are not for sale.

Yours,

John Giddins

 

UCU Branch Development Organiser

Read about the new professional body for further education and Sally Hunt at the TUC march.

Read about the proposed new professional body for FE and what UCU are saying. UCU calls for lectures to be fully involved. The Lingfield Report also calls for the pay gap with others in education to be addressed. Go to this link for more information.

http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=6362

You can also see what UCU General Secretary , Sally Hunt, said at the TUC March on October 20th if you follow this link http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=6358