UCU has provided information to branches that will be reballoted to take part of strike action early next year. Queen Mary had a 46.4% participation rate in the ballot over the USS Pensions Scheme and a 47.8% participation rate in the Four Fights ballot. The branch members will be reballoted for both disputes. The timeline … Continue reading Reballoting timeline announced
Here are some key dates to remember. We have also updated our Calendar to guide you through the process. Monday 18th October: Balloting starts.Friday 22nd October: if you haven't received your ballot by Friday, then starting from this day you can request a replacement ballot through an online form.Thursday 28th October (5pm): this will be … Continue reading Balloting on the USS Pensions and Four Fights disputes has started!
What is UCU demanding from employers on the USS pensions dispute? UCU has made two key demands from employers in order to resolve the dispute, as detailed in the dispute letter sent to the Principal: 1. An agreement to revoke UUK's proposed cuts to the Defined Benefit pension that were approved by JNC [Joint Negotiating … Continue reading FAQs about the upcoming ballots over taking industrial action
In the next few weeks UCU will be balloting for industrial action over pensions and the Four Fights (pay, casualisation, equality, and workload). This is in response to the employers’ recent decision to impose unnecessary and swingeing cuts to your pension and the rampant decline in your working conditions. You are invited to a branch … Continue reading Branch meeting happening tomorrow to discuss the upcoming UCU ballots
As the new term approaches, many staff have expressed concerns about campus safety and Covid-19. Some colleagues are worried about the safety of teaching spaces. Others in professional services are worried about an unnecessary return to minimum hours on campus. It is not always easy to raise these questions in staff meetings or with your … Continue reading 10 Questions for Colin Bailey on Covid-19 and the return to campus
Every year during our Annual General Meeting, QMUCU members come together to elect the new Branch Committee. While you can run for any position, there are several roles in the Committee which are vacant. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated many of the existing crises the higher education sector has been experiencing over the past years. … Continue reading Our next Annual General Meeting will be on 8th June at 3.30pm on Zoom
On Saturday over 100,000 people joined a march in London in protest against the attacks against Palestinians in Gaza, Jerusalem, and the West Bank and against Palestinian citizens of Israel. UCU was one of many trade unions supporting the march, in line with its longstanding policy in support of the Palestinian cause. Members of the Queen … Continue reading Statement of solidarity with Palestine by Queen Mary staff
In the past couple of weeks, QMUCU has received concerning information from participants in the QMUL Rent Strike about the high rates of eviction from QMUL residences. Between September 2020 and February 2021, 20 students have been given a “notice to quit” from QMUL residences (see FOI request here). Several of these have been for minor offences including … Continue reading QMUCU raises concerns over evictions from student residences during the pandemic