Strike Bulletin 3

Monday 25 November
What a brilliant start to our strike  !! 

  • Lots of people [and dogs!] on the pickets and at our first rally 
  • wonderful solidarity from our students, from other campus unions, from the Labour Party, and from passing cars and buses

     

  • Loud voices reminding our management that WE are the university

     

  • members putting up our strike message on their automatic e-mail response

     

  • brilliant teach-out by Politics Department colleagues 

SO  ~  DO PLEASE KEEP THE EFFORT UP

  • keep withdrawing your labour 
  • come to the picket lines and/or the daily rallies if you can

     

  • come to our branch strike meeting on Wednesday at 13.00 in The Crescent Venue, 8 the Crescent, York, YO24 1AW which is behind the Everyman Cinema on Blossom Street

     

  • visit the teach-outs in Heslington Meeting Rooms [opposite the Deramore Arms in Heslington village] –  organised by colleagues from Law & Management 11.00 -15.00 on Thursday 28 November, by colleagues from History from 1100 -17.00 on Friday 29 November and colleagues from Women’s Studies next week: these are UCU staff showing how they contribute to, and care about, teaching, learning and research –  so DO support them

     

  • plan ahead to come and hear from our UCU General Secretary, who will visit us on Tuesday 3 December, and from our UK President who will be coming to York on Wednesday 4 November 

Our branch executive thanks you all for your efforts.

We all care about gender inequity, casualisation and excessive workloads, and about poor pay and pensions in universities.

We are taking action to press employers to work with us to get genuine progress on these issues, not to be told that [as our VC put it] that they are “disappointed” that we are standing up for staff and for the future of universities.

We put ourselves on the line for a good cause: it’s time for the employers to respond

KEEP GOING      *     OUR CAUSE IS JUST        
WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Strike Bulletin 2

Dear members

Six things to do to support our action

As we move to the start of industrial action, we are all thinking about how best each of us can support it.

  • We can and should withdraw our labour 
  • We can join our daily picket lines and rallies. If personal circumstances stop you doing so, send us supportive messages/selfies to circulate.
     
  • We can put up a message on our ‘out of office’ e-mail, saying‘I am currently in dispute with my employer over their failure to support serious talks with my union, UCU, about our claims for improvements to our pensions and pay, including gender inequity, insecure work, and excessive workloads. I shall not be working from 25 to 29 November, or from 2 to 4 December inclusive. My replies to e-mails will therefore be delayed.’ 
  • We can attend or participate in the wonderful teach-outs taking place in Heslington village hall during next week  [see attached]
     
  • We can communicate with students so that they understand why we are disrupting their studies [see attached]
     
  • We can write to the Vice-Chancellor urging him to use his best efforts to press UUK and UCEA to return to meaningful negotiations.
     
  • Come to the branch meeting to be held on Wednesday 27 November at 1.00 pm at The Crescent Venue, 8 the Crescent, York, YO24 1AW [it’s behind the Everyman Cinema on Blossom Street.

 Other Information

  • Members have been worried about when they should inform managers about when they have taken strike action: the Director of HR has made it clear that while HR can ask us to provide this information on a day by day basis, they cannot require us to do so. UCU therefore continues to say that members should provide information about their strike action when the 8 days strikes are over, when managers ask them for it.
     
  • Don’t forget about the UK strike fund https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/10452/Fighting-fund-donations-and-claims and our local hardship fund http://york.web.ucu.org.uk/local-hardship-fund/. Those in need can apply to these funds, those who can are urged to donate to the funds. 
     
  • We are pressing management to do as they did in 2018 and to stagger any deductions they may make from our pay and we will keep you posted about our progress.
     
  • In order to show that our strike is backed by all categories of UCU members at York we invite colleagues in professional and support posts to give messages of support at our rallies next week. Anyone who would like to do this is encouraged to contact joanna.degroot@york.ac.uk 

OUR ACTION MATTERS   *  OUR CAUSE IS GOOD  *  WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

University of York UCU 

UCU Strike Bulletin No1

CALLING ALL UCU MEMBERS !!

Monday 25 November is the first day of our strike and we want to make the most impact we can.

  • No-one should be working on Monday – or the rest of the week 
  • Join one of our picket lines [at Heslington Hall,  Thief Lane/ the Retreat, King’s Manor,  Heslington Hall,  Newton Way/ Heslington Lane, Heslington East/Field Lane car park]
    from 8.00 – 10.00 am; e-mail
    james.cussens@york.ac.uk for details 
  • Come to our daily rally outside Heslington Hall at 10.30 am 
  • Spread the word with your colleagues 

Remember  ~  we are taking serious action in a good cause.

Decent pensions and pay, fair treatment for staff in insecure employment, gender equity, and reasonable workloads are good for staff, but also for the university as a whole. They enable staff to do their research, teaching and professional work to their highest ability. They help to improve the student experience and the recruitment and retention of staff.

Our ‘five fights’ for those aims are about supporting each other and about the wellbeing of the sector in which we work.

Remember  ~ we are taking serious action to make a difference – and it can.

Our action puts pressure on our employers to start serious talks about our claims, and it is beginning to work, but it won’t really work unless we show that we mean what we say.

Further advice

Q: When do I have to tell my managers/HR that I have participated in strike action ?

A:  Our advice from HQ is that once the eight days of strike activity has finished members should inform their managers or HR about their participation in the strike when they ask you about it”

Suggested out of office message

One effective way for members to show support for our industrial action is to post an e-mail ‘out of office’ message like this –

‘I am currently in dispute with my employer over their failure to support serious talks with my union, UCU about our claims for improvements to our pensions and pay, including insecure work, gender inequality, and excessive workloads. I shall not be working from 25 to 29 November, or from 2 to 4 December inclusive. My replies to e-mails will therefore be delayed.’ 

MAKE OUR VOICE HEARD !      SHOW OUR STRENGTH !
JOIN OUR FIGHT !

 
University of York UCU