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10 Questions for Colin Bailey on Covid-19 and the return to campus

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

Branch meeting on USS pension dispute – Wednesday 8th September 12pm

There will be a branch meeting on Wednesday at 12pm to discuss the latest developments in the USS pension scheme. The discussion will give you the opportunity to help decide the direction of the campaign to defend your pension. Last week employers forced through savage cuts to members’ retirement income. The employers did so without … Continue reading Branch meeting on USS pension dispute – Wednesday 8th September 12pm

Our next Annual General Meeting will be on 8th June at 3.30pm on Zoom

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

Statement of solidarity with Palestine by Queen Mary staff

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

27 staff at risk of redundancy due to the restructuring of Queen Mary IT Services – meeting with all affected staff tomorrow

Colleagues in IT Services (ITS) have now been informed of a major restructure that, given the crucial work our ITS colleagues do for all of us, would have a significant impact across Queen Mary. Whilst ITS as a whole is to be expanded, there are a large number of current roles being discontinued. Under the … Continue reading 27 staff at risk of redundancy due to the restructuring of Queen Mary IT Services – meeting with all affected staff tomorrow

QMUCU raises concerns over evictions from student residences during the pandemic

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

Community Accountability for Racial Justice: Anti-Racism Training and Workshop with Prof. Gargi Bhattacharyya, 25 March

The QMUCU anti-racism working group is inviting you to join our second Anti-Racism Training and Workshop which will take place on 25 March at 1pm. You can register here. This workshop follows-up from our first workshop held on 13 November, at which over 50 members engaged in a discussion around what needs to change within our union … Continue reading Community Accountability for Racial Justice: Anti-Racism Training and Workshop with Prof. Gargi Bhattacharyya, 25 March

QMUCU submits a collective application to the bonus scheme

It won’t have escaped your notice that management, at exactly the same time as ignoring your request for a collective Covid Allowance, has launched a bonus scheme supposedly designed “to recognise and reward exceptional contributions made by colleagues during the past 12 months, reflecting the unique circumstances of Covid-19, national lockdowns and Covid response”. Despite … Continue reading QMUCU submits a collective application to the bonus scheme