Annual General Meeting, Communication, UCU dispute and more…
This guide was produced in September 2016, with the assistance of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI).
It may be useful for those members concerned about their rights.
The UNISON branch fully supports UCU in taking whatever action it feels is necessary to defend the terms and conditions of its members.
What is at stake here is not just the three issues identified – jobs in Arts and Humanities, academic promotions and fundamental changes to contracts, but also the rights of all staff to work at an institution which maintains an effective working relationship between senior managers and the trade unions.
Working people do not take strike action lightly, but the overwhelming result of UCU’s ballot for action demonstrates the depth of feeling of UCU members. As many UNISON members are telling us, the current leadership of the University are drifting to a position where confrontation and non-negotiable announcements are the norm rather than the spirit of constructive discussion, which had been the tradition at Brighton for many years.
Senior managers will say that this is necessary to deal with the challenges faced by the University as a result of government policies, student numbers and funding changes. We argue that turning this institution into an education factory with more casualisation and fewer employment rights is precisely what students are not in favour of. There is an opportunity to demonstrate that Brighton can be different and can show current and potential students that its workforce is less stressed, properly rewarded and highly motivated.
The anti-trade union laws, specifically designed to prevent trade-unionists from effective campaigning to support the rights of their members may have postponed the planned action, but we will do whatever we legally can to support UCU members later in the month.
If UNISON members have any questions, any of our officers, stewards and reps will be happy to answer them.
As always, we would encourage all members of staff who have not yet joined a union to seriously consider doing so. It is only by sticking together, and organising on a democratic basis that we can make sure that our rights at work are protected.
Our branch is supporting this demonstration and encouraging all our members to go.
If you’d like to be part of a University of Brighton delegation, then let us know and we can meet you at Brighton station at 9am.
Our February newsletter is dedicated to our Annual General Meeting, due to take place on 8th March – all members welcome!
Gemma Harman has started a petition to show a need for better facilities.
If you are interested in signing, please just click on the link, add your name and comments and then exit. The shared document should save your work.
You have until midnight on Sunday (30th October) to submit your thoughts on the proposals at Hastings.
If you’ve not already done so, then please give it a go: