Huddersfield UCU’s Tremendously Successful Pop-Up University on Strike Day
University of Huddersfield colleagues will be offering short sessions and there will be CAKES. Click here for publicity posters.
(programme and timings may be subject to changes)
10.00-10.15: Welcome to Free University/Paul Ward presents History of the Megaphone
10.15-10.30: PA Tremblay play and discuss music piece as research
10.30-10.45: Brendan Canavan on Branding
10.45-11.00: Judith Kidder quiz
11.00-12.00: Karen Shah and Claire Evans – Design Activism for Social Change. A practical hands-on session to make a piece of picket line paraphernalia with your own message.
12.00-12.30 University of the Future/ Co-production of research with community groups by Jo Dyrlaga, Amerdeep Panesar, Joe Hopkinson, Liz Pente and Shabina Aslam.
We may head back to help out at the picket line at the end of the programme.
Please book to join us and we will send you more details as soon as possible. All student and staff are welcome to join in on the day – the event booking is simply to get an idea about numbers.
Find out more about why we are taking action and what the dispute is about at: https://huducu.wordpress.com/category/pay/
This action has to be effective in order to secure a better pay deal for all staff in HE.
For that to happen requires a concerted effort from ALL members.
So what does that mean for YOU?
1. Go on strike on the 25th and 26th of May
2. Prepare to work to contract from the 25th
3. Prepare to resign your external examiner role
4. Attend the rally in Leeds from 12 on the 25th
As you probably know, UCU members in higher education voted last week in support of industrial action in response to a wholly inadequate pay offer for 2016/17 from the employers. Around two-thirds of members who voted supported strike action and three-quarters supported action short of a strike.
The higher education committee (HEC) has now agreed the following programme of action aimed at improving the offer from 1.1%:
Pay increases are important not just because they help protect staff against rises in the cost of living, but also because they provide a powerful indication of how much your contribution is valued by the employer.
Within higher education as a whole we know there is a £1.9bn surplus. We also know that vice-chancellors and principals have themselves received latest average increases of between 3 and 5%. Yet the value of your pay since 2009 has fallen by 14.5% when compared to the cost of living, with the latest final offer of 1.1% once again below inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI).
The university employers said recently that ‘investment in staff is fundamental to the success of our higher education institutions’*. Talk is cheap, what we need now is action not words.
Thank you for your support.
UCU general secretary
Performance-related pay and reward practices linked to performance management are issues of increasing concern to UCU members. UCU has commissioned Dr Monica Franco-Santos from Cranfield University, to survey all members on the performance management and reward practices currently in existence across all higher and further education institutions in the UK.
Could you please participate in the survey by following this link.
The survey can be completed by any member of staff so please pass this email on to your colleagues who may not have received this email. It will take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey will close on Tuesday 24 May 2016.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and participation. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions/comments in relation to the survey.
For UCU information and advice about performance-related pay please visit the UCU website here.