AGM branch posts

The following were elected unopposed at the AGM March 21st.

Chris Webb President

Marie Pacchiarini Vice President

Geraint Evans Secretary  Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Committee rep

Umit Yildiz Equality Rep  Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Committee rep

Debbie Rolls Union Learning Rep

Vivian Draup membership

Nick Wilson Treasurer

Maria Mousawi Green Rep

AGM and branch meeting, members pack hall to hear Regional Official Julie Kelley

A packed meeting hall (180) heard a report back on the latest situation on the proposed new contract from Regional Official, Julie Kelley. After discussion, the following motion was passed unanimously.

Motion on Contract Negotiations

Bradford Branch notes:

  • That the UCU branch has been in negotiations with management over a new contract for over 18 months
  • In college-wide consultative meetings, members have voiced opposition to the proposed new contract
  • That of particular concern are:
    • The loss of two weeks holiday to be replaced by 70 hours IPD (Individual Personal Development)
    • The expectation that some staff will teach up to 26 hours a week
    • The lack of guarantees in the workload agreement
    • The current budgetary restraints and the cut in CPD funding in the college
    • The decision not to increase staff pay this academic year

Bradford Branch believes:

  • That a reduction in holidays will lead to stress among staff, will have financial implications for some staff through child care costs and will not provide financial benefit to the college.
  • That as professionals we already undertake personal study to ensure that our practice is current and effective
  • That effective professional development requires funding and cannot be done on the cheap by the removal of holiday time
  • That an increase in teaching hours and a reduction in holidays will lead to stress amongst staff and a poorer educational experience for students
  • That staff undertake a variety of important roles such as course management and internal verifying that are not currently allocated sufficient time and that there are no guarantees that this situation will change under the new workload agreement
  • That the individual nature of posts need to be considered including the need to travel between sites and to placements and we need further assurances that these factors will influence the number of assigned contact hours
  • That the acceptance of the current offer will lead to job losses

Bradford Branch resolves:

  • To continue to actively campaign against changes to our contract, ensuring governors, students, elected representatives and the public are aware of our sound educational reasons for resisting proposed changes
  • To continue to prepare to ballot for industrial action so that we are ‘ballot ready’ should college management persist with plans to extend weekly contact up to 26 hours and remove holidays
  • To organise an indicative E ballot to show management the level of opposition to the contract on offer and the willingness of members to ballot for strike action.

On behalf of Bradford College Branch Committee

members pack hall

Members pack the hall

Julie Kelley Regional Official

Workers’ Memorial Day Saturday 27th April 2013 11.00am – 1.00pm Victoria Gardens, Leeds

                   Yorkshire & the Humber TUC

 

Workers’ Memorial Day

Saturday 27th April 2013

11.00am – 1.00pm

Victoria Gardens, Leeds LS 1 3AA

(Outside the Art Gallery on the Headrow)

Chaired by John Campbell, TUC Health & Safety Forum Convenor

11.30 – 12.00      Assemble with Trade Union banners

12.00 – 12.01      1 minute’s silence

12.15– 12.15       Laying of wreaths

12.15– 12.45       Speakers:

v Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Keith Wakefield

v Lord Bishop of Ripon and Leeds the Rt Revd John Packer

v Yorkshire & the Humber TUC Chair, Tim Roache/ Y&H TUC Regional Secretary, Bill Adams

v MP for Leeds Central, Hilary Benn

v National Officer for CWU, Dave Joyce

v UCATT Officer, Mark Martin

12.45 – 13.00      End and disperse

v MP for Leeds Central, Hilary Benn

v National Officer for CWU, Dave Joyce

v UCATT Officer, Mark Martin

12.45 – 13.00      End and disperse

EVERY YEAR MORE PEOPLE ARE KILLED AT WORK THAN IN WARS.  MOST DON’T DIE OF MYSTERY AILMENTS, OR IN TRAGIC ACCIDENTS, THEY DIE BECAUSE AN EMPLOYER DECIDED THEIR SAFETY JUST WASN’T THAT IMPORTANT A PRIORITY.  WORKERS’ MEMORIAL DAY (WMD) COMMEMORATES THOSE WORKERS.

ALL OVER THE WORLD, WORKERS AND THEIR REPRESENTATIVES CONDUCT EVENTS, DEMONSTRATION, VIGILS AND A WHOLE HOST OF OTHER ACTIVITIES TO MARK THE DAY, which is ALSO INTENDED TO SERVE AS A RALLYING CRY TO “REMEMBER THE DEAD, BUT FIGHT LIKE HELL FOR THE LIVING!”.

 WE PLAN to mark workers’ memorial day in Yorkshire & the Humber with an annual ceremony in Leeds.  join us, and bring trade union banners and wreaths.

for further information, or details of other events taking place across the region, please contact:

Yorkshire & the Humber TUC office t: 0113 242 9696

Annual General Meeting and Branch Meeting

 Thursday 21st March

12 – 1pm

Henry Mitchell Hall, Old Building

 Permission has been given to close classes at 11.30am and reopen at 1.30pm in order that members may travel safely.

 AGM Agenda

  • Reports from Officers and Reps
  • Election of Officers and Reps

 

Branch Meeting Agenda

  • Proposed new contract

 Negotiations on the proposed new contract have reached a crucial point. UCU negotiators have been in discussions with the college for over 18 months. The college remains committed to introducing a new contract. It is of the utmost importance that you attend this branch meeting. What will be discussed at this branch meeting will have a direct impact upon you as a member of staff at Bradford College for many years to come.

  Make sure you attend.  Make sure you are informed.

DAN: Developing Activists Network

We are entering a potentially very difficult time here at Bradford College with the proposed new contract and following the letter form the Principal regarding the financial situation.

We will all need to become more involved as UCU members to support each other and resist what may be coming.

The DAN is  a community and a resource for every member who wants to get involved in the life of their union just follow this link and sign up. Here is the link: http://www.ucu.org.uk/dan

There is also a link under BLOGROLL on the right hand side of this page.

Halesowen 4 update. Solidarity from trades unionists.

Please see below a report from Dave Gibson, former NEC member and Secretary of Barnsley College UCU Branch, who recently organised a solidarity tour of South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire for Dave Muritu, one of the four dismissed Halesowen lecturers, and Rhiannon Lockley, Halesowen UCU Branch Secretary.  Thank you very much to Dave for organising this event.  Please share the report with members in your branch.

Elizabeth Lawrence UCU Regional Secretary Yorkshire and Humberside.

Monday (4th March) was a day to be proud of UCU in South Yorkshire (and North Derbyshire!). I was privileged to drive Dave Muritu, the victimised Halesowen branch secretary, and Rhiannon Lockley, who has taken over from him as secretary, around the county visiting UCU branches. Everywhere we went Rhiannon and Dave told their story – and everywhere we went the trade unionists we met were both horrified and angered.

 Our day started at Sheffield station and we were met there by Liz Lawrence, straight from a SHU branch committee meeting with a warm welcome (and a collection for their Hardship Fund!). Then on to Barnsley College for a coffee and a collection  before doubling back to Sheffield University to receive another collection and sandwiches (thanks to Jane Rodger’s thoughtfulness!) Next stop was Doncaster College and yet another collection followed by a frantic race to Chesterfield College to the biggest meeting so far and 2 donations to their Hardship Fund, one from the UCU branch and one from Chesterfield Trades Council.

 Sheffield NUT had invited us to their Executive meeting at teatime ( the sandwiches we had there were very welcome) and Rhiannon and Dave told their story yet again. It was noticeable how shocked the NUT members were by the story of the sackings and they were very generous in their donation. Finally, Dave and Rhiannon spoke to a Unite The Resistance meeting at 7pm – and yet another collection was taken. In all, we spoke to about 60 trade unionists – and branches like Sheffield University UCU and Sheffield NUT decided to send a full account out to their members as a result. The collections we were given totalled over £650 for the Hardship Fund. (And I have a further £70 collected from the Yorks UCU Retired members branch yesterday).

 What made me proud was the way that so many UCU branches responded so well to the Halesowen dispute. Hard pressed branch officers took the time to talk to their members and collect money from them as well as meeting with Rhiannon and Dave. Not only that but their clear support and  ideas for what to do next encouraged our Halesowen colleagues. Dave texted me later to say he had been ‘reinvigorated’ by the day. He has been sacked for nearly 3 months now so now wonder his spirits flag sometimes.

 And as James Eaden said at our Chesterfield meeting, solidarity is a two way process. It obviously helps the recipients, but it strengthens the branches giving too, by generating discussions and explanations about the Halesowen dispute and why solidarity is vital.

 The UCU members at Halesowen are putting up a brave and impressive fight. Monday proved yet again how much support they have in the union. I would very much like to be involved in organising a similar tour in the Leeds/Bradford area in the near future and I am sure something similar could be done elsewhere in the country. If and when we have a another national day of action in solidarity with Halesowen such tours can help to ensure that far more branches participate.

Finally, we have invited the Halesowen branch to speak at our South Yorkshire Unite The Resistance conference on Sat. March 16th where we hope to get 300 people in to listen to Mark Serwotka and Kevin Courtney – I hope to see all of you there too!

in solidarity,

Dave Gibson