Holocaust Memorial Day stalls

Dear Members,

27th of January is Holocaust Memorial Day. This year I am going to organise UCU stalls to give out information. If you come along you can get a UCU Holocaust Memorial wall chart which looks at the history of Fascism in Europe and the UK; I have limited numbers of these. Please come along and add your name to the NEVER AGAIN poster to remember those who were murdered by fascist and oppressive regimes from the 1915 Armenian Genocide to the WW2 Nazis in Germany to the 1994 Bosnian Genocide and many more around the world.

The stalls will be on

Monday (28th)12.30-13.00: McMillan

Tuesday (29th)9.00- 9.30: Appleton

Tuesday (29th) 12.15-12.45: Westbrook

Wednesday (30th) 12.15-12.45:Old Building

Wednesday (30th) 13.00- 13.30: Trinity Green

Debbi Rolls (ULR) and I are planning to host a screening of a new UCU educational DVD on the Holocaust for staff and students. More information about this will be circulated soon.  If you can help out with the stalls please let me know.

Regards

Umit Yildiz

 

 

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Black Listing in Construction

 I’m very pleased to have secured a debate in the House of Commons tomorrow to demand action on the national scandal of Blacklisting workers.   

Will you email your MP now to ask them to attend?

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

Over 3000 workers had secret files about them kept by an organisation called “The Consulting Association”: this list resulted in their livelihoods being destroyed, their reputations being tarnished and in some cases their families torn apart just because they raised health and safety concerns to protect themselves and their fellow workers or because they took part in trade union activity.

Having seen some of these files the level of detail is shocking, including information about workers’ personal and family lives.  Over 40 construction companies used this list to check potential workers and it has been confirmed that blacklisting was used on major public projects.   Last week, construction firm Balfour Beatty admitted that it conducted blacklisting checks on individuals seeking work on construction of Olympic venues.

A further tragedy is that many of those affected still have no idea that they were included on the secret construction blacklist which was uncovered by the Information Commissioner’s Office in a raid in 2009, so have not been able to seek appropriate redress through the courts.

Please click here to email your MP and ask them to join me tomorrow.

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

Email your MP to ask them to:

  • Call for action to ensure it can never happen again – tighten up the laws currently in place to make sure that workers are fully protected
  • Call for a full investigation of the blacklisting allegations that have come to light recently, including in relation to major public projects such as Crossrail and the Olympic Park and how we can stop such abuses in future
  • Demand the ICO contacts everyone on the blacklist to make sure they know that they were included.

Although a law is in place to prohibit blacklisting, recent revelations have made it clear that far more needs to be done to protect workers from this outrage and we need your help to ensure as many MPs as possible from all sides of the House of Commons come and speak out against this shameful practice.

Thanks,

Chuka

Chuka Umunna MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills

Dear Geraint,I’m very pleased to have secured a debate in the House of Commons tomorrow to demand action on the national scandal of Blacklisting workers.   

Will you email your MP now to ask them to attend?

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

Over 3000 workers had secret files about them kept by an organisation called “The Consulting Association”: this list resulted in their livelihoods being destroyed, their reputations being tarnished and in some cases their families torn apart just because they raised health and safety concerns to protect themselves and their fellow workers or because they took part in trade union activity.

Having seen some of these files the level of detail is shocking, including information about workers’ personal and family lives.  Over 40 construction companies used this list to check potential workers and it has been confirmed that blacklisting was used on major public projects.   Last week, construction firm Balfour Beatty admitted that it conducted blacklisting checks on individuals seeking work on construction of Olympic venues.

A further tragedy is that many of those affected still have no idea that they were included on the secret construction blacklist which was uncovered by the Information Commissioner’s Office in a raid in 2009, so have not been able to seek appropriate redress through the courts.

Please click here to email your MP and ask them to join me tomorrow.

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

Email your MP to ask them to:

  • Call for action to ensure it can never happen again – tighten up the laws currently in place to make sure that workers are fully protected
  • Call for a full investigation of the blacklisting allegations that have come to light recently, including in relation to major public projects such as Crossrail and the Olympic Park and how we can stop such abuses in future
  • Demand the ICO contacts everyone on the blacklist to make sure they know that they were included.

Although a law is in place to prohibit blacklisting, recent revelations have made it clear that far more needs to be done to protect workers from this outrage and we need your help to ensure as many MPs as possible from all sides of the House of Commons come and speak out against this shameful practice.

Thanks,

Chuka

Chuka Umunna MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills

2,700 views in 2012. Activity at Trinity Green tops the list. Blog Report from WordPress.

Your UCU Bradford Branch blog received 2,700 views in its first 9 months. Let’s keep this up and add your comments.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

lecturer dismissed as college not satisfied with results. Sign the petition.

 

A very worrying case has come up; the dismissal and victimisation of a Mathematics lecturer and trade union activist at Halesowen College.  David Muritu, UCU Branch Secretary, was dismissed on Thursday 20th December.  He has been fully represented by UCU in this process.  Three other UCU members at Halesowen College face similar hearings during the week commencing 7th January 2013.  The charges relate to student academic performance.  This case is very worrying for the whole teaching profession, if lecturers can be dismissed because colleges are not satisfied with students’ examination results.

Please sign the petition below and encourage your work colleagues, friends and family members to do so.

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/halesowen-college-re-instate-david-muritu-as-a-maths-lecturer-at-the-college-2

Here are the contact details for messages of support and for protests to the College Principal.

Messages to Dave and the branch: rhiannonlockley@hotmail.co.uk

The Principal’s email is   kbate@halesowen.ac.uk

Government Attack On Workers’ Rights

This government is proposing a serious worsening of workers’ rights making it easier for employers to sack staff, hourly paid staff will be particularly hit as trade unions would no longer have the legal right to be consulted about widespread redundancies of staff who happen to be on fixed-term contract.

Follow these 2 links for more details:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2012/dec/18/redundancy-consultation-period-45-days

http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=6408