Fill out the QMUCU Covid-19 Attitudes Survey to strengthen our health and safety demands QMUL

This week all of our members received an invitation to fill out the QMUCU Covid-19 Attitudes Survey. Put together by our health and safety representatives, the survey is designed to gather evidence about the issues staff are facing and demonstrate how widely shared these concerns are. It will only take a few minutes to complete, … Continue reading Fill out the QMUCU Covid-19 Attitudes Survey to strengthen our health and safety demands QMUL

QM UNISON passes a damning motion condemning the failure of senior management to take steps to ensure the health and safety of cleaning and security staff

Solidarity with our colleagues at UNISON, who have been unnecessarily put in danger by the actions of the senior management team. Over the past month, staff represented by UNISON have had to go into residencies without knowing that there were self-isolating students, cleaning staff have been scheduled to clean shared spaces in self-isolating households, security … Continue reading QM UNISON passes a damning motion condemning the failure of senior management to take steps to ensure the health and safety of cleaning and security staff

UCU Special HE sector conference: protecting GTAs work and acknowledging PGRs as members of staff

At our last branch meeting, on September 16th, the branch approved, with none against, a motion to be submitted to the UCU special Higher Education sector conference (HESC) taking place on September 30th. This motion calls on UCU to include demands that Graduate Teaching Associates’ work occur on contracted basis in our national bargaining, and … Continue reading UCU Special HE sector conference: protecting GTAs work and acknowledging PGRs as members of staff

Apsana Begum, The MP for Poplar and Limehouse in Tower Hamlets, supports your right for a safe workplace

MP Apsana Begum has sent Colin Bailey, the President of Queen Mary a letter urging him to take steps to make the campus safe for staff and students. Her message is clear - staff and students need to be protected and the current hasty return to campus has not guaranteed that. With no testing facilities … Continue reading Apsana Begum, The MP for Poplar and Limehouse in Tower Hamlets, supports your right for a safe workplace

Proposed Terms of Reference for working group on casualisation

Many postgraduate students and early career academics experience precarious and insecure conditions in their teaching and research work. QMUCU want to change that. We have tried for many years to make progress on this.  Below are our Proposed Terms of Reference for a Anti-Casualisation Working Group which we propose should form a sub committee of … Continue reading Proposed Terms of Reference for working group on casualisation

Five steps to take if you are asked to return to campus

1) Check the local risk assessment for your location of work. 2) Organise/attend a meeting of colleagues to discuss safety concerns and develop an approach for raising them with your manager. 3) Ask for an Equality Impact Assessment of any significant change in working practices as a result of COVID-19. 4) If you still have to return to campus, discuss your situation with your line manager and fill in your individual health assessment questionnaire. 5) Know your rights, especially regarding your right to leave an unsafe workplace.

QMUL Management Decisions Leading to Industrial Dispute

At the branch meeting today members voted, with none against, to compel the branch committee to begin laying the foundations for a formal industrial dispute with the employer. You can read the full motion below. Motion Passed, 23 September, 2020 The Queen Mary branch of the University and College Union notes: Queen Mary's mission dedicated … Continue reading QMUL Management Decisions Leading to Industrial Dispute

Health and Safety meeting taking place on Wednesday, 23rd September 1 pm on Zoom

Facing pressure to return to campus? Worried about Covid-19 hazards at the workplace? Struggling with unbearable workload and stress? The only way to fight these issues is if we join together. Your union can help. In response to the increasing pressure for QMUL staff to return to campus, QMUCU is organising a health and safety … Continue reading Health and Safety meeting taking place on Wednesday, 23rd September 1 pm on Zoom