Bristol UCU Newsflash, 22nd November: Bristol UCU After The Ballot; EGM, Wednesday, 29th November, 13:00-14:00, Powell Lecture Theatre

1) ​Bristol UCU After The Ballot

‘…the main practical question was, in so far as there is a single branch focus, how best to frame and focus branch business in the short to medium term. As branch negotiators and reps, what are we doing going forward sans the focus of national industrial action? Newsflash, for example, has pretty much been exclusively 4 Fights/USS/UCU Rising these past couple of years’.

The blog post ‘Bristol UCU After the Ballot: Branch ‘3 Fights’ Negotiation & Bargaining’ sets out the short- to medium-term focus of branch reps, in the wake of UCU’s recent pay and conditions ballot.

‘Notwithstanding the fire fighting around individual casework and collective grievances, what one might call ‘equally important branch business’ (our campus trade union Joint Consultative and Negotiating Committee agenda on Tuesday, 14th November was the structure and membership of new Faculty Joint Trade Union Committees, Reasonable Adjustment Guidance Revision, Disability Employment Charter, Cost of US2030, USS ‘Windfall’, ‘Stable’ Blending Working Policy), our branch focus as regards pay and conditions is to continue the good work and reform the bad currently being done regarding the 3 Fights, namely, pay gaps, workload and anti-casualisation’.

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2) Reminder: EGM, Wednesday, 29th November, 13:00-14:00, Powell Lecture Theatre, Physics Building

A rescheduled, in-person Extra-Ordinary General Meeting (EGM) has been called for Wednesday, 29th November, 13:00-14:00, following a requisition from branch members, to discuss and vote on the ‘Motion to End the Violence in Israel-Palestine, Support Palestinian Rights, Protect Academic Freedom and Freedom of Expression and Oppose all Racism’.