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UKs biggest ever university strikes

UK’s biggest ever university strikes as staff begin 14 days of walkouts on Thursday

UCU members at 74 universities will begin 14 days of strikes on Thursday (20 February) in the largest wave of strikes ever seen on UK campuses.

The full strike dates are:

Week one – Thursday 20 & Friday 21 February
Week two – Monday 24, Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 February
Week three – Monday 2, Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4 & Thursday 5 March
Week four – Monday 9, Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11, Thursday 12 & Friday 13 March

The disputes centre on the sustainability of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) and rising costs for members, and on universities’ failure to make significant improvements on pay, equality, casualisation and workloads.

see more here: https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/10643/UKs-biggest-ever-university-strikes-as-staff-begin-14-days-of-walkouts-on-Thursday

UCU members will strike at the following locations in the South West

Bath Spa

Picket locations/times, teach outs/rallies

Newton Park, Newton St Loe, Bath, BA2 9BD, 8am to 12pm on every strike day

Locksbrook Campus, Locksbrook Road, Bath, BA1 3EL, 8am to 12pm on every strike day

Corsham Court, Corsham Court, Church St, Wiltshire, Corsham SN13 0BZ, 8am to 12pm on every strike day

1st teach-out at The Globe on the first strike day, Thursday 20th, at 1-3pm.
Pennyquick, Newton St Loe, Bath BA2 9BB

Subsequent teach outs still being arranged.

Bath

Picket locations/times, teach outs/rallies

Virgil Building Manvers Street 8-11 am
5 Manvers St, Bath BA1 1JQ

Main Entrance 7:30-9:30 am
Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY

North Road 7:30-9:30 am

South Building 7:30-11:30 am

Exeter

Picket locations/times, teach outs/rallies

Streatham Drive / Stocker Road Junction Entrance (EX4 4PX), 8-10am.
Prince of Wales Rd Entrance (EX4 4SB), 8-10am.
Thornlea Entrance, New North Rd (Exeter EX4 4LA), 8-10am.
St Luke’s Entrance, Magdelene Rd (Exeter EX1 2LU), 8-10am.
Penryn Site, Main gate (Penryn TR10 9FE).

Bristol

Picket locations/times, teach outs/rallies

Main entrance on Woodland Road, 8:30am
Main Entrance on Priory Road, 8:30 am

At 10.30am on Thursday, 20 February 2020 UCU members will gather outside the Victoria Rooms for a rally before marching to College Green.

Call for Solidarity – Bristol, Bath, Exeter and Bath Spa begin 14 days of strike action from Thursday 20th (2020)

Colleagues,

In our region Bristol, Bath, Exeter and Bath Spa begin 14 days of strike action from next Thursday 20th.  Please send messages of support/attend local picket lines and donate to fighting fund (see details below).

Donate to the fighting fund.  Please support your colleagues.

UCU uses its fighting fund to support members involved in disputes, including the provision of strike pay where appropriate.  At the 2011 Congress, delegates recognised the current economic situation and the likelihood that this would mean more disputes to save jobs and services and protect conditions and recommended that members who could afford to do so, should make an annual donation to the fighting fund to support others.

 Need to claim or donate?  Please go to: https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/10452/Fighting-fund-donations-and-claims

Congress suggested that an appropriate donation would be £25, depending upon members’ circumstances but any donation to support colleagues in struggle is greatly appreciated and will be used directly to help members on strike.

How to donate:

Go to: https://www.ucu.org.uk/fightingfund

Securely online by credit card via the PayPal website:

Make a direct bank transfer, or set up a regular standing order, to:

Account name: UCU Fighting Fund
Sort code: 60-83-01
Account no: 20179432
Reference: ‘Fighting Fund Voluntary Levy’

or send a cheque (payable to ‘University and College Union’) to:

Fighting Fund donation
Finance Dept
University and College Union
Carlow Street
London
NW1 7LH

Please also send message of support.  These are always welcome and can be more widely disseminated.

Exeter –  Sharon Strawbridge (s.m.strawbridge@exeter.ac.uk)
Bath – David Moon (d.s.moon@bath.ac.uk)
Bath Spa – Beth Wright  e.wright@bathspa.ac.uk
Bristol  – James Thompson – Bristol Uni (james.thompson@bristol.ac.uk)

Please, show your support.

Thank you
NickVarney
Regional Official

HE Universities USS Strike November 2019

 

 

 

Call to All branches in the UCU SW region

You will know that Bristol, Exeter and Bath University members have smashed though the anti union ballot legislation and that members have voted overwhelmingly to take 8 continuous days of strike action from Monday November 25th right through to Wednesday 4th December.  They are leading the fight against worsening of pensions, year on year pay cuts, increased casualisation, unequal pay and excessive workloads.

These are issues in every part of HE, FE  Prison Education and AE.  Their action is part of the battle we are all fighting.  DO ALL YOU CAN TO SUPPORT.  Turn up on picket lines, send messages of support and contribute to the fighting fund.

Bristol University – (Bristol, BS8 1TH)

There will be pickets from 7.30 am to 10.00 am on Monday 25, Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 November.

On Monday 25 there was a rally outside the Victoria Rooms At 10:00 am (UCU head of higher education, Paul Bridge spoke) followed by a march to College Green (Bristol, BS1 5TJ)

Updated: Thanks once more for all your support. On Wednesday Nov 27, we will be picketing from 7.30 am to 10.00 am. We will have a rally at 10.00 am outside the Victoria Rooms, ( 88 Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1SA ) and then march down to College Green.

Picket locations for Wednesday are here: https://www.ucubristol.org.uk/picket-locations/

Teach Outs: https://bristolucu.blogs.bristol.ac.uk/files/2019/11/BSSSG-Teach-Out-e1574859854763.jpeg

Local picket leaders at each location will be clad in yellow tabards.

The main picket will be at the Victoria Rooms, and anyone is welcome to join that picket.

On Friday the 29th we will meet our students at 10.30am at Senate House (Bristol BS8 1TH) to walk down to join the Climate Strike march.

Please send messages of support to President, James Thompson care of ucu-office@bristol.ac.uk

University of Bath (Bath, BA2 7AY)

Striking staff will be on picket lines at the main University entrance, the North Entrance, at the North Road entrance, and in front of the Virgil Building on Manvers Street

Pickets are starting at 7am.

The University of Bath have organised “Strike On: Teach Out” events.  All are welcome.  See what a real university can be.

More details here: Facebook.com/StrikeOnTeachOut

Bath Teach Out Locations

Monday: 2pm-7pm (The Bell Inn, Bath 103 Walcot St, Bath BA1 5BW)
Tuesday: 2pm-7pm (The Bell Inn, Bath 103 Walcot St, Bath BA1 5BW)
Wednesday: 2pm-7pm (Widcombe Social Club, Bath Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA)
Thursday: 2pm-7pm (The Bell Inn, Bath 103 Walcot St, Bath BA1 5BW) the Students’ Union will be joining us at 11am at the South (pedestrian) entrance and encouraging students to come along.

Friday: 10am-12:00 Climate 2pm-7pm (The Bell, Bath 103 Walcot St, Bath BA1 5BW)
On Friday, finish at 10:30am in order to head down to the climate strike in the city centre.

Please send messages of support to President, Fran Amery: f.c.amery@bath.ac.uk

University of Exeter (Exeter, EX4 4PY)

There will be pickets from 7.30 am from Monday 25 – Wednesday 4 December

Exeter Picket locations

Streatham Drive / Stocker Road Junction Entrance
Prince of Wales Rd Entrance
Thornlea Entrance, New North Rd (Exeter EX4 4LA)
St Luke’s Entrance, Magdelene Rd (Exeter EX1 2LU)
Penryn Site, Main gate (Penryn TR10 9FE)

Teach-Out, St David’s Church, Queen’s Terrace, Exeter EX4 4HR, Friday 29, 12-4pm.  Line-up TBA.

Rally on the final day – Wednesday 4 December details TBC

Please send messages of support to President, Sharon Strawbridge s.m.strawbridge@exeter.ac.uk

Donations to fighting fund can be made by:

Making a direct bank transfer, or set up a regular standing order, to:

Account name: UCU Fighting Fund
Sort code: 60-83-01
Account no: 20179432
Reference: ‘Fighting Fund Voluntary Levy’

or send a cheque (payable to ‘University and College Union’) to:

Fighting Fund donation
Finance Dept
University and College Union
Carlow Street
London
NW1 7LH

Please follow @ucu and https://twitter.com/UCUSOUTHWEST

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Nick Varney

 

 

Regional Official

UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE UNION
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BRITTANY HOUSE
NEW NORTH ROAD
EXETER EX4 4EP

TELEPHONE 01392 412525

 

FE Strike Ballot Opens

FE Strike Ballot 2015 Opens

The last FE News announced that colleges in England had been written to and asked to confirm that they would meet our 2015-16 claim of an increase in pay of £1 per working hour for staff at all points. Colleges were given until noon 11 September to confirm that they would meet our claim. Colleges that did not agree to meet our pay claim have now received notice that UCU will be balloting its members on taking strike action over a failure to agree a pay increase for 2015/16. The ballot opened Monday 28 September and will close 12 noon on Thursday 15 October.

(read more in FE News)

(Industrial Action Frequently Asked Questions)

In the light of current legislation is more important than ever to ensure that we DO have the correct details recorded for you. You can check and amend your union record now online at: https://members.ucu.org.uk/

If you don’t vote others will make a decision for you!

Ballot papers will be delivered to your home address. If you haven’t received your ballot paper by Friday 2 October please notify us that you need a duplicate by filling in the online form at https://www.ucu.org.uk/nofeballot.

NB – Notifications regarding subscriptions have recently gone out. If you did not received yours please check your record as we may not have your correct postal address and you will not receive a ballot paper.

South West Region Caption Competition

We had a bumper crop of suggestions for our caption competition and the ones which fit for publication can be seen on our regional blog. The six winners who all win a UCU mug and a UCU badge are: Nicholas Thom, Exeter College, Julian Lewis, University of Bath, Brian Griffin, Bath College, Matthew Bridge, City of Bristol College, Richard Hobson, Cornwall College and Jonathan Ellis, Plymouth University.

The short link to this article is http://tinyurl.com/ucusw22

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UCU go to Tolpuddle (2015)

The Tolpuddle Martyrs were a group of 19th century Dorset agricultural labourers who were arrested for and convicted of swearing a secret oath as members of the Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers.  At the time, friendly societies had strong elements of what are now considered to be the predominant role of trade unions. The Tolpuddle Martyrs were subsequently sentenced to transportation to Australia.

They became popular heroes and 800,000 signatures were collected for their release. Their supporters organised a political march, one of the first successful marches in the UK, and they were released in 1836. Four of the six returned to England.

The Tolpuddle Martyrs festival is held annually, in the third week of July and is organised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC). It features a parade of banners, debates, speeches and music.

If you want to come with us next year or want to find out more email Dave O’Toole, dotoole(at)ucu.org.uk  

Short link http://tinyurl.com/ucusw21

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HE and FE Strike Action 3rd December

On 3rd December UCU members in both HE (Higher Education) Universities and FE (Further Education) Colleges will be on strike together after being offered a derisory below the rate of inflation “pay rise”. Even this low offer in both cases comes with “strings” which will make further inroads into the established collective bargaining framework.

For FE this is their first day of strike action. HE establishments have already seen one day of strike action (31st October) and have been working to contract since then. In this action HE are striking with their sister unions in universities Unison and Unite.

Keep an eye on this blog page for news of pickets and rallies near you. Please support any you can.

South West Rallies

Bristol – There will be a rally in Bristol at 1-2pm on College Green. City of Bristol College, University of Bristol and UWE (University of the West of England). UCU, Unison and Unite strikers and their supporters will rally here after their pickets at the respective three institutions. Speakers so far are Dominique Lauterberg (UCU NEC), Harriet Bradley (UCU NEC), Nigel Costley, Secretary South West TUC and Mike Hines, Unison, National Service Group Rep.

South West Pickets

NB – Information posted here is to enable those who wish to visit pickets or support in other ways to do so. ALL colleges and ALL universities are out. For the South West Region this means eight universities and over 40 colleges. If there is a college near you you wish to support who is not listed here please email dotoole (at) ucu.org.uk and I will try to put you in touch with that college. (Other things may take priority)

Bath Spa University – Main Gate, Bath Spa University, Newton Park, Newton St Loe, BA2 9BN

Bournemouth & Poole College – North Rd (Bournemouth & Poole College) site, Poole, BH14 0LS

Bristol University – Senate House, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TH

City of Bristol College

Ashley Down Centre – Ashley Down Road, Bristol. BS7 9BU

College Green Centre – St George’s Road, Bristol. BS1 5UA (from 7.30am)

Soundwell Centre – St Stephen’s Rd, Bristol, Avon BS16 4RL

South Bristol Skills Academy  – The Boulevard, Hengrove Promenade, Bristol, BS14 0DB

Parkway Advanced Engineering Centre – New Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS34 8SF

Cornwall College

Camborne Campus – Trevenson Road, Redruth, Cornwall TR15 3RD. Picket will meet in Halfords car cark opposite the college at 8.00 AM.

Saltash – Church Road, Saltash. PL12 4AE. from 8:00am

Exeter College Main Site:  Hele Road, Exeter, EX4 4JS

Falmouth University – Penryn Campus, Falmouth University, Penryn, TR10 9EZ

Petroc College (North Devon) – North Devon Campus, Petroc, Old Sticklepath Hill, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 2BQ

Plymouth University: 08:00 AM onwards in front of the Portland Square Building. Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth. PL4 8AA

University of Bath – from 7:30am

Junction of Claverton Hill/Convocation Ave

Junction of Quarry Rd/North Rd

2 South pedestrian entrance.

University of Exeter

The Queen’s Drive  and Prince of Wales Road – , Exeter. EX4 4QJ

St Lukes campus – Heavitree Road, Exeter. EX1 2LU

Barrack Road – Barrack Rd, Exeter, Devon EX2 5DW

University of St Mark and St John (Marjon)  – Main Entrance, Derriford Road, Plymouth PL6 8BH

UWE (University of the West of England)

Frenchay Campus – Main gate at  Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY

Truro College – College Road, Truro, Cornwall -TR1 3XX from 8.20am

Supporting the action

http://www.upsu.com/news/article/7137/UPSU-supports-Strike-Action/

…UPSU’s Student Parliament, as the recognised student voice of UPSU, voted to support Strike Action being carried out by University staff who are members of recognised trade unions at Plymouth University.

 

UCU South West Region Facebook Page Launched

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UCU South West Region launches new Facebook Page. If you are a member of UCU or like the work that we do then “like” www.facebook.com/ucusouthwestregion.

120,000 of your colleagues and friends already DO.

Employment Rights Weakened… Again.

There have been a number of changes brought in by the coalition government recently which have served to weaken established employement rights. Last April changes were brought in to lengthen the period you must be employed to have the right not to be unfairly dismissed from one to two years. As many of you will know the government has again been busy making plans to change employment law. The changes come into effect on different dates, and some are unconfirmed as yet but on 6 April 2013 this change will take effect:

After 6 April there will be a reduction in the minimum consultation period where an employer proposes 100 or more redundancies at one establishment within 90 days. The minimum consultation period falls from 90 to 45 days. The change in the length of the consultation period means that you can be made redundant more quickly and talks with a union have less time to mitigate or avoid the consequences of the redundancy process.

So there has never been a better time or a more urgent need for employees to take advantage of the collective strength of a union.

If you want to find out more about UCU contact dotoole (at) ucu.org.uk