Meeting to discuss on University of London International Academy (UoLIA) QSG Review – 12:30 pm Thursday 17th August 2017 (Venue TBC)

As you may be aware, the University of London has decided to review the Quality Standards and Governance Department in the University of London International Programmes.

UCU and UNISON have been involved in the discussion with Mr. Craig O’ Callaghan and Dr. Mary Stiasny and we are aware of the proposed reviews for Marketing, Executive Office, and Global Engagement departments in UoLIA.

The review has been requested by the University’s Member Institutions to find out whether they are getting value for money.  Our understanding is that this is not a cost-reduction exercise and there is no suggestion of staff redundancies.

UCU and UNISON will work hard to ensure that these reviews are transparent and fully involve the staff in these departments and ensure that they have the opportunity to submit evidence.

We will not accept the validity of any review which fails to respect these core principles. Above all else, we will oppose vigorously any compulsory redundancies (if these are proposed at any stage).

We would like to hear from you.  Please come along to the meeting ( venue to be confirmed) or if you have any concerns that you want to discuss before the meeting, please contact UNISON ruth.buckingham@london.ac.uk and UCU kumar.singaravelou@london.ac.uk

UNISON/UCU Senate House.

UCU Members meeting today between 12:30 to 1:30 – Room G16

Dear All,

UCU Senate House branch welcomes you to attend the monthly UCU Members’ meeting to be held tomorrow on the 22 June 2017 between 12:30 to 1:30 Room G16.

Agenda

  1. Joint statement from Unison and UCU about outsourcing;
  2. Report on the cost of living allowance salary – survey result;
  3. Departmental news: UoLIA, Cosector;
  4. Any other business.

We recommend that you attend the meeting to discuss and voice any concerns relating to work.  We are happy to take this forward on your behalf.  Tea, Coffee and biscuits will be provided.  All current UCU members and staff who would like to join the UCU are welcome.

UCU Branch
Senate House

 

Solidarity with outsourced workers

ucuunison

A joint statement from UCU and UNISON Senate House branches:

We note with concern the ongoing dispute between Cordant and its security staff.

As always, UNISON’s and UCU’s long held positions is to strongly oppose the outsourcing of workers in all circumstances.

We are formally approaching the University to re-visit the issue of outsourcing with the aim of returning all staff in house.

Furthermore, UCU Senate House will be holding a members’ meeting tomorrow to discuss, amongst other matters, the trend of outsourcing in HE.

Anti bullying week survey

Dear Union member

It is national anti bullying week this week and to coincide with this UCU Senate House are launching an initiative on sexual harassment.

In light of the recent TUC report “still just a bit of banter?”  it would appear that we still have some way to go on this issue.

In order for us to be effective in our efforts we need to know more about how this issue affects you.

If you could find the time to complete the following survey we would be very grateful.

It will give us an insight into what is happening right now for you our members and it will inform the action that we need to take on this issue.

Please don’t suffer in silence. Your Union is here for you.

Kind regards
Carol

UCU Equality representative

Sexual harassment is no laughing matter

Sisters and Brothers

This is a reminder of the meeting today at 12.30pm to 1.30pm in the Montague Room Senate House Room G26, sandwich lunch and refreshments provided.

The first part of the meeting will include a discussion about sexual harassment in the workplace led by Helen Carr followed by the AGM and election of Officers and Committee.

Helen is the UCU National Head of Equality and Participation and has led UCU’s work on this and was also involved in the TUC project Still just a bit of banter?

Earlier this year, the TUC commissioned polling to provide a snapshot of women’s experiences of sexual harassment in the workplace, the polling showed us that sexual harassment of varying degrees and severity is alive and well in the modern workplace and that over half of women in work had experienced some form of sexual harassment.

This should be of interest to all of us as trade unionists, because we believe that we should be at the forefront of preventing and combatting all forms of discrimination, harassment and violence in the workplace – the onus to challenge harassment should not all be on individuals to take grievances.

I look forward to seeing you later.

Angela