Your Bristol UCU Newsflash, 3rd October 2018

1) Gender Pay Claim

The University of Bristol and Bristol UCU have agreed a Joint Statement of Intent regarding the Gender Pay Gap.

For the full statement:

The Statement notes ‘the University of Bristol and UCU recognise that, although the gender pay gap needs to be tackled across the whole of the University, there are a number of cultural, structural and policy issues which affect women academic staff in particular’.

‘For this reason, the University has agreed to engage in time-limited negotiations with UCU with a view to agreeing actions, including setting appropriate targets, to significantly reduce the gender pay gap among academic staff within three years’.

It will be released to all staff shortly.

***STOP PRESS***If you are interested in being part of the Bristol UCU organising committee for our 1st November event – the date on which the University of Bristol effectively stops paying women – please let know.

2) Get The Vote Out & USS Pensions

With only two weeks and bit left, Bristol UCU is entering the final stage of its GTVO campaign. Returning your ballot, if you haven’t done so already, will help Bristol UCU maintain its post-USS momentum. A high turnout means Bristol UCU is better able and placed to campaign for and secure the goals and policies we advocated during those inspiring #WeAreTheUniversity days of strike action in the Spring, such as closing the Gender Pay gap.

The time and resource dedicated to the Pay and Equality Ballot does not mean that the USS dispute has been sidelined. Bristol UCU meet tomorrow to discuss the JEP Report to elect our delegates to the post-JEP Report Higher Education Sector Conference on 7th November.

3) Disorientation Week

Tomorrow Bristol Staff-Solidarity Group hosts ‘Why Do Staff Go On Strike?’ at 5pm. For more details:

The event is part of a series of ‘Disorientation’ events this week. For more information, see the Disorientation Week poster: