Grim Campus: Failing “leadership” and Covid Calculus

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

#FourFights… Collective bargaining in HE: How it works

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

JNCHES…what is it? How does it relate to pay and conditions bargaining in HE?

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?