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Living wage at UEA

Congratulations to Unison & UEASU for the campaign to bring the living wage to UEA employees, which has been agreed by UEA’s executive team.
http://www.ueastudent.com/articles/uea-living-wage-campaign-success

Post script – unfortunately this only lasted a few weeks – the national rate went up in November, the UEA rate didn’t

 

The next 5 years

Being in a trade union is about coming together collectively to fight for workers’ rights.  Those who have followed the election campaign will know that it’s likely that unions are going to lose some of the hard-won rights and it’s going to be a lot harder to campaign and support our members.

Please think about what you can do to help UCU@UEA.

Strength in numbers – recruit a friend
Be public about your membership – mugs etc available from the office
Let the committee know what’s going on
Write something for the newsletter
Interested in negotiating, supporting colleagues in cases, admin? Get in touch!
 

Many of us are feeling angry, depressed, useless after the election result.  A brilliant call to action comes from Laurie Penny: http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/05/dont-give-angry-population-hard-govern-depressed-population-easy

 

This blog post is inspiring:

http://classonline.org.uk/blog/item/five-ways-to-deal-with-a-full-blown-conservative-government

This group was set up after tuition fees were hiked up in the last government.  Many of you talented people could help out: http://www.arts-emergency.org/

And please, look after yourselves.  Academics have one of the highest workloads of any job & it’s exhausting.  Make time for you, whether you are academic or otherwise (written by ALC member at the weekend!). http://blobolobolob.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/looking-after-yourself-as-radical.html

Outside work there are campaign organisations that the trade unions support which you can get involved in:

People’s Assembly

38 Degrees

Living wage at UEA – event

Living Wage Rally – Thursday 16th April 2015, 13:00, the Square

Unison at UEA will be hosting a Living Wage rally to show the Vice Chancellor and members of the executive team that there is  support on campus for the Living Wage to be introduced. This will feature music from Kyle Schewitz and Matilda Carter and speeches from Norwich South Labour candidate Clive Lewis, and UUEAS Campaigns and Democracy Officer Chris Jarvis.

Staff and students please come along to show your support!

 

Bullying

From HSE website:

Advice for organisations
What should we be doing as an organisation to tackle bullying and harassment?

Promote a culture where bullying and harassment is not tolerated

This can include:

accept that bullying can occur in any organisation
understand what bullying and harassment are and what the consequences can be
consult and discuss with your staff
devise a policy and ensure your managers and harassment advisors are trained to implement it
promote the policy within the organisation and enforce against the policy

Be aware of the organisational factors that are associated with bullying, and take steps to address them

What is workplace bullying?

Bullying at work can take many forms. It can involve:

ignoring or excluding someone
spreading malicious rumours or gossip
humiliating someone in public
giving someone unachievable or meaningless tasks
constantly undervaluing someone’s work performance

There is no legal definition of workplace bullying. ‘Bullies’ are often – but not always – more senior than the person they are bullying. ‘Bullies’ sometimes target groups as well as individuals.

Responsibility for dealing with bullying and harassment rests with the organisation, and prevention strategies must be organisation-wide. Many organisations adopt a zero tolerance approach. Some factors associated with bullying include:
perceived imbalance of power; few consequences perceived by perpetrator
internal competition; reward systems focused solely on outputs
organisational change

As an organisation, to tackle these factors, you might, for example:

  • encourage a more collaborative, less autocratic management style in your managers
  • encourage staff to attend diversity training
  • publicise your bullying and harassment policy, and explaining the consequences of bullying within the organisation
  • encourage control and choice for staff, as far as possible
  • explore levels of competition between individuals and teams
  • consider alternative incentives to achieving high performance
  • ensure you are confident and comfortable in managing poor performance
  • consult staff regularly and keep them informed during times of change
  • ensure your managers have sufficient support to help them implement the policy

Academic freedom

STATUTE 7: JOB SECURITY AND ACADEMIC FREEDOM

UCU is currently in discussions with the University about changes to Statute 7. Statute 7 is the part of the university’s rules which covers the processes around dismissal and redundancy, as well as grievance procedures.
The key principle of the present Statute is ‘to ensure that academic staff have freedom within the law to question and test received wisdom, and to put forward new ideas and controversial or unpopular opinions, without placing themselves in jeopardy of losing their jobs or privileges’.

This statement, protecting academic freedom, will be at the heart of any up-dated version of Statute 7, and UCU’s aim is to ensure that this important principle is adequately supported by detailed practical provisions that protect the interests of our members. We are still some way off a consensus between the sets of negotiators, but once we reach such a position we will take the resulting proposals to members, for consultation and then to be put to a vote before the University takes the changes to the Privy Council for their approval.
It is timely to consider what we all mean by academic freedom, in research and in teaching and its vital place at the heart and soul of the University.

Committee member David Mead had a letter in the THE this week: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/comment/letters/the-real-threats-to-freedom/2019186.article

Get in touch with your thoughts and comments.