Many senior "leaders" of UK universities continue to insist on returning to face to face teaching and upon peddling the myth of a "covid safe" campus when the science tells us there is no such thing. A particularly horrific consequence of this absence of real leadership in their institutions is that some members have felt … Continue reading Grim Campus: Failing “leadership” and Covid Calculus
Tomorrow (26 May) UCU branch delegates from Higher Education will come together online at two advisory Branch Delegates Meetings (BDMs) to discuss, debate, and decide advisory positions to put to the HEC with regards to the Four Fights dispute, and that over USS. These advisory positions will be put to the Higher Education Committee which … Continue reading UCU disputes: who decides?
A [single pay spine] covers most of the UK Higher Education sector. Annual bargaining rounds have been formalised where, under the banner of the Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff (JNCHES) five trade unions representing HE staff negotiate over pay and pay related conditions with the employers’ representative body, the Universities and Colleges Employers … Continue reading #FourFights… Collective bargaining in HE: How it works
Understanding JNCHES (pronounced ‘jinches’) is necessary to understanding how the current Four Fights Dispute fits into yearly bargaining 'rounds' alongside the four other unions which represent staff in higher education. UCU is one of five unions covered by the ‘New JNCHES’ agreement with the employers’ representative body, UCEA (Universities and Colleges Employers Association). The agreement … Continue reading JNCHES…what is it? How does it relate to pay and conditions bargaining in HE?
Earlier this afternoon I met with the Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science at the Scottish Parliament alongside comrades from UCU, and joined by representatives of the EIS union who are also striking in several Scottish Universities. We explained in detail the impact of the issues UCU members are in dispute over, on … Continue reading Strike Rally + meeting with Minister at Scottish Parliament