Bristol UCU Newsflash, 6th April 2022

1) Reminder: UCU Reballot – Vote Today

Today, Wednesday 6th April is your last ‘safe’ chance to return your ballot papers by the ballot closure date of Friday, 8th April. Any ballot posted after today may not arrive in time to be counted.
If you haven’t, post your papers today.

Our twin USS and 4F disputes are at critical point.
A successful reballot, a vote for members to take further strike action, will allow us, at Bristol and the other 148 universities currently being balloted, to continue to take strike action through this 2021/22 academic year, escalating the dispute, for example, by moving to a marking and assessment boycott in May.

An unsuccessful reballot, not getting over the 50% threshold, for example, at Bristol and other unis, will mean that further strike action is unlikely this academic year, and that in both UK-wide disputes, UCU will have to decide how to prosecute them without the immediate threat of strike action and with employers having neither revoked pension cuts or offered meaningful UK-wide action on casualisation, workload, pay equality or falling pay.

2) Strike Notification and Local Hardship Fund Claims