A packed branch meeting of over 160 members gathered today to take the final decision about whether to go ahead with the local industrial action. The votes from the meeting have now been tallied, and a clear majority voted in favour of proceeding. 71% voted for the action, 21% were against, and 8% abstained. What … Continue reading QMUCU members vote to take 10 days of strike action from Thursday 5 May
The Council of QMUL held a meeting yesterday. The following is a letter sent by QMUCU to members of Council ahead of the meeting. Dear Members of Council, I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to you in advance of your meeting this afternoon, when I expect the topic of the current … Continue reading Queen Mary UCU’s Letter to the QMUL Council
The local ballot for strike action against 100% pay deductions for Action Short of Strike began on Monday 28th February. Please post yours as soon as possible. The ballot will close on Monday 21st March at 12pm, and the last safe day to post will be Thursday 17th March. If your ballot paper does not … Continue reading Strike ballots over punitive deductions now open at Queen Mary – return your ballot as soon as possible
The right to withdraw labour as part of a legitimate industrial dispute is a core international labour standard, but the rogue tactics of Principal Colin Bailey suggest that he thinks he is above international norms. His stance on Action Short of a Strike (ASoS) is an outrageous move against staff who will already have foregone … Continue reading External examiners resign en masse to protest rogue university chancellor’s strike-breaking tactics
Queen Mary has instructed Heads of Schools to deduct 100% of pay for specific activities listed under Action Short of Strike (ASOS). The Senior Executive Team believes that they are well within their rights to refuse partial performance and can ‘direct staff to focus on specific contractual activities including activities that prioritise education’. In other … Continue reading The QMUL Senior Executive Team has published guidance to line managers on how to enforce 100% deductions for ASOS. Read it below.
Nearly 200 staff joined a branch meeting on Wednesday to discuss the response to the management policy of 100% deductions for ASOS. Members voted overwhelmingly not to work under the threat of 100% pay deductions; to call for five additional local strike days; and set the timeline to meet again at the end of this … Continue reading QMUCU members overwhelmingly vote to call five additional local strike days in response to QMUL’s policy of 100% deductions for ASOS
The Principal of QMUL Colin Bailey has decided that it is not enough to threaten our right to strike by withholding our pay until we agree to reschedule the teaching that was cancelled due to industrial action, he also wants to punish Schools with active union membership by shaming them to prospective students. We are … Continue reading We have learned that QMUL’s Principal is threatening to sabotage future student recruitment in Schools affected by the strike
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