Your Bristol UCU Newsflash, 7th February 2018

1) Ready for the Off

Our first day of strike action is Thursday, 22nd February. Action short of a strike also starts on that day.

Key times are:

08:00: Picket lines staffed

10:30: Rally, Senate House

11:00-11:30: March to Wills Memorial Building

11:30-12:00: Rally, Wills Memorial Building

12:00: Teach-Outs, Location TBC

Schools, Departments and Divisions are also making their own arrangements.

If your UCU rep has not been in contact, details are on the Bristol UCU website. If your School or Division does not have a rep, then contact and/or consider becoming a rep.

In terms of branch preparation, please feel free to come along to the branch placard making session on Tuesday, 20th February, 1.00 – 2.00 pm, Bristol UCU Office, 1d Priory Road.

Please note: Friday, 23rd February is very much a full strike day, but we are asking that members stay home.

Our next ‘day of campus action’ will be Monday, 26th February:

08:00: Picket lines staffed

10:30: Rally, Senate House

13:30: Assemble, Wills Memorial Building

14:00: Senate begins

14:00-14:30: Rally, Wills Memorial Building

Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th February will be stay at home strike days.

2) Local Hardship Fund – EGM, 13.30-14.00, 14th February, Victoria Rooms G16

To set up our Local Hardship Fund, we need to approve an enabling motion at an Emergency General Meeting asap.

The branch Executive has scheduled an EGM for Wednesday, 14th February at 13:30 in the Vic Rooms. The main business will be to pass the motion. The meeting should last only 30 mins.

The Hardship Fund will prioritise low paid staff in precarious employment.

Please see a motion draft [pdf].

The motion will also be circulated on Monday, 12th February with any revisions/amendments. If you have any revisions/amendments, please email by 12:00, Monday, 12th February.

Please note that following the EGM, in the same room, is another important Bristol UCU event: discussion of the Gender Pay Claim.

3) FAQs and Bristol UCU ‘Strike For USS 2018’ Page

If you have any questions about taking strike action, please consult UCU’s FAQs:

Bristol UCU is also maintaining a web page with useful information:

4) Past Newsflashes

Have a question regarding pay deductions, student support or local USS negotiations?

See our archive of past Newsflash’s for more information: