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95% of QMUCU members vote to call a local dispute with Queen Mary over punitive deductions and start balloting for industrial action

At yesterday's branch meeting, members voted overwhelmingly to initiate a new ballot at Queen Mary if the 100% deductions for ASOS are not withdrawn. With 99 in favour, 2 abstentions, and 3 against, the motion also called for members to resist management’s bullying approach and continue with all forms of ASOS in the current dispute. … Continue reading 95% of QMUCU members vote to call a local dispute with Queen Mary over punitive deductions and start balloting for industrial action

Migrant workers taking industrial action

QMUCU recognises there are specific issues faced by migrant workers participating in industrial action which do not affect staff with British citizenship or indefinite leave to remain. UCU has commissioned specific legal advice and has produced a Frequently Asked Questions guide which goes into detail on some of the main points. The key point of … Continue reading Migrant workers taking industrial action

The QMUL Senior Executive Team has published guidance to line managers on how to enforce 100% deductions for ASOS. Read it below.

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.

QMUCU members overwhelmingly vote to call five additional local strike days in response to QMUL’s policy of 100% deductions for ASOS

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

Action Short of a Strike (ASOS) started on Monday, 7th February.

In addition to the recently announced strike dates, QMUCU Members will be taking action short of a strike starting 7th February 2022 and continuing until further notice.  In other words, you should work strictly to contract, and should not: reschedule any lectures or classes that were or will be missed as part of strike action; orshare materials … Continue reading Action Short of a Strike (ASOS) started on Monday, 7th February.

94% of our members voted in favour of escalating our response against punitive deductions

At a huge meeting with over 160 participants, the QMUCU Branch voted to demand the removal of punitive deductions for ASOS. Members called on UCU to initiate an academic boycott of Queen Mary if management do not withdraw their threats and called on all external examiners to resign their positions at Queen Mary immediately. If … Continue reading 94% of our members voted in favour of escalating our response against punitive deductions

We have learned that QMUL’s Principal is threatening to sabotage future student recruitment in Schools affected by the strike

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

Latest updates on strike dates, QMUL’s punitive approach to deductions and the next branch meeting

Due to the amazing efforts of QMUCU members which included countless hours of phonebanking and reaching out to colleagues, the UCU reballot on the USS Pensions dispute and Four Fights at QMUL was a huge success. Queen Mary passed the turnout threshold and secured a massive vote in favour of industrial action. 86% of members … Continue reading Latest updates on strike dates, QMUL’s punitive approach to deductions and the next branch meeting