#UCUTransformed : After Congress….Where Next? National Meeting Report

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On Saturday 9th June, around 80 UCU members, all but one or two of whom attended this year’s congress two weeks ago, came together in London for a meeting to discuss After UCU Congress…where next?

The meeting was called by London Region’s #UCUTransformed, agreed by 130 Congress delegates who met on the evening of the first staff walkout, and was supported by Branch Solidarity Network.

Members came from branches all over the country: universities of Edinburgh, Bournemouth, Leeds and Leeds Beckett, Liverpool, Lancaster, Brighton, York, Kent, Oxford, Cambridge, Hertfordshire, Royal Holloway, SOAS, Imperial, Kings College, Central School of Speech and Drama, City, St Georges, Reading, Queen Mary, London Met, LSBU, Roehampton, Westminster, Writtle University College, Sheffield Hallam, Goldsmiths; colleges of Bourneville, Epping Forest, Westminster Kingsway, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham Southwark, Lambeth, Hackney, North West London, Redbridge, Croydon, City and Islington; Sutton and Hackney Adult Education; South West Region, London Region and Yorkshire and Humberside Retired Members branches; and Disabled Members and Black Members committees.

The discussion was centred around the fallout of the staff walkouts, the refusal to allow motions 10 & 11 to be heard, the shutting down of congress and how the issue of democracy links to the campaigns on pay, pensions and equality in HE and FE.

There was a wide-ranging and serious debate about how to respond to the aftermath of Congress and was conducted in a calm, thoughtful way as members sought to find a way forward on issues by engaging with each others’ contributions, processing arguments and suggestions and building organically towards some jointly agreed outcomes and proposals.

Key discussions centred around:

* the importance of intertwining the pay, pensions and Equality campaigns in both sectors with the issue of democracy and who runs our union, which arose from the mass pickets, teach outs, lobbies, marches, strikes committees etc. And that it’s our collective activity that allows democracy to flourish and gives us power to hold the leadership to account

* getting as many branches a possible to at least support hearing motions 10 & 11, whilst recognising many more will want to call for resignation of the General Secretary,

* How we overcome the division in the union between the leadership and members

There was general agreement on recognising the importance of challenging the GS and linking the campaign for democracy with the struggles over pay, pensions and Equality and, through this, building new democratic structures from below.

The meeting voted to take forward the following ideas and practical proposals:

– counter the post-congress emails to all members from Sally Hunt with the majority view held by #OurUCU

– send a note of condolence to the family of our HE comrade Dr Malcolm Anderson of Cardiff  University https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/university-tutor-died-after-silently-14751533

– collate questions to the GS that we need answers to and publish on the #OurUCU website

– ask as many branches as possible to pass the model motion calling for motions 10 & 11 to be heard, and to submit to NEC members

– build the lobby of NEC, called by London Region on Friday 22nd June at 10.30am outside UCU Head Office, Carlow St. “Allow dissent to be heard”

– demand that we get a GTVO campaign from HQ on HE and FE pay like the one for the USS campaign

– call for a discussion on having a layer of officials who are elected, as in other unions

– call a London Briefing on pay

– organise twinning of branches. More organised with less so, and cross sector

– ask for an ‘organogram’ of who does what at HQ

– request for UCU, not Unite, to staff the recall conference

– request a mechanism for NEC reps to contact, and be contacted by, their constituencies

– broaden the discussion by speaking to local Trade Union councils and other unions about our disputes

– find out how we can put motions passed at congress into action

– explore possibility of changes to motion 10 (Note: technically this can’t be done as the motion is already submitted to congress)

– get as many branches as possible to register for the Special HE Sector conference (SHESC) on 21st June. The closing date for registrations is 5pm on 13th June. Link to register is here: https://www.ucu.org.uk/hescjune18

– get as many branches as possible to the FE Pay National Activist meeting on 29th June in Manchester. Details to follow.

The meeting also agreed to hold a further meeting in October which unites all the groupings under one roof – #UCUTransformed, Branch Solidarity Network, UCULeft, #OurUCU etc.

Thanks to all the branches and delegations who supported this meeting.

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NEC member contact info

Continuing members

Mandy Brown (Lambeth College) – FE UK-elected : mandybrowncow@yahoo.com

Christina Paine (London Metropolitan University) –  HE Casually employed members : christinaucu1@gmail.com

Rhiannon Lockley (Halesowen College) – FE Midlands : rhiannonlockley@hotmail.co.uk

Marion Hersh (Glasgow University) – HE UK-elected and USS Negotiator : marion.hersh@glasgow.ac.uk

Julie Hearn (Lancaster University) – HE UK-elected : j.hearn@lancaster.ac.uk

Sean Wallis (University College London) – HE London and East : s.wallis@ucl.ac.uk

Sue Abbot (Newcastle University) – HE Women : suebbtt15@googlemail.com

Sean Vernell (City and Islington College) – FE London and East : sean.vernell@yahoo.co.uk

Chris Jones (Neath Port Talbot Group) – FE Wales : chris.jones@nptcgroup.ac.uk

Margot Hill (Croydon College) – FE UK-elected : margothill@uk2.net

UNTIL Congress 1 June 2018

Rachel Cohen (City University) – HE London and East : rachellaracohen@gmail.com

Nita Sanghera (Bournville College) – FE Black Members : npande.sanghera327@googlemail.com

Lesley McGorrigan (Leeds University) – HE UK-elected : mclesley2@yahoo.co.uk

AFTER Congress 1 June 2018

Nita Sanghera (Bournville College) – Vice President : npande.sanghera327@googlemail.com

Mark Abel (Brighton University) – HE Post-92 UK-elected : markabel24@gmail.com

Pura Ariza (Manchester Metropolitan University) – HE Women  : p.ariza@mmu.ac.uk

Steve Lui (University of Huddersfield)  – HE North East : steve.lui712@gmail.com

FE College strike dates

(If you are a college taking strike action, please email the dates to Mandy Brown UCU London Regional Secretary at mandybrowncow@yahoo.com so we can add to this list)

Wednesday 9 May

 Hull College Group

rgoodfellow@hull-college.ac.uk

Friday 11 May

 Tower Hamlets College

pwareham@tower.ac.uk             john.budis@tower.ac.uk

Hackney Community College

michaela.hendriks@ncclondon.ac.uk

 

Monday 14 May

 Tower Hamlets College

pwareham@tower.ac.uk             john.budis@tower.ac.uk

Hackney Community College

michaela.hendriks@ncclondon.ac.uk

Tuesday 15 May

 Tower Hamlets College

pwareham@tower.ac.uk             john.budis@tower.ac.uk

Hackney Community College

michaela.hendriks@ncclondon.ac.uk

Sandwell College

michael.roche@sandwell.ac.uk

 

Wednesday 16 May

 Sandwell College

michael.roche@sandwell.ac.uk

Thursday 17 May

 Hull College Group

rgoodfellow@hull-college.ac.uk

Epping Forest College

drewperridge@yahoo.co.uk

Sandwell College

michael.roche@sandwell.ac.uk

Friday 18 May

 Hull College Group

rgoodfellow@hull-college.ac.uk

Sandwell College

michael.roche@sandwell.ac.uk

Tuesday 22 May

 Lambeth College

mandybrowncow@hotmail.com

Lewisham Southwark College

brad.grisdale@lscollege.ac.uk

Wednesday 23 May

 Lambeth College

mandybrowncow@hotmail.com

City and Islington College (CCG)

veronika.johnson@candi.ac.uk

College of Haringey Enfield and North East London (CCG)

jsutton@conel.ac.uk

Westminster Kingsway College (CCG)

carly.grundle@westking.ac.uk

Lewisham Southwark College

brad.grisdale@lscollege.ac.uk

Thursday 24 May

 Lambeth College

mandybrowncow@hotmail.com

City and Islington College (CCG)

veronika.johnson@candi.ac.uk

College of Haringey Enfield and North East London (CCG)

jsutton@conel.ac.uk

Westminster Kingsway College (CCG)

carly.grundle@westking.ac.uk

Friday 25 May

City and Islington College (CCG)

veronika.johnson@candi.ac.uk

College of Haringey Enfield and North East London (CCG)

jsutton@conel.ac.uk

Westminster Kingsway College (CCG)

carly.grundle@westking.ac.uk

Tuesday 5 June

 City and Islington College (CCG)

veronika.johnson@candi.ac.uk

College of Haringey Enfield and North East London (CCG)

jsutton@conel.ac.uk

Westminster Kingsway College (CCG)

carly.grundle@westking.ac.uk

Havering College

swithers@havering-college.ac.uk

Wednesday 6 June

 City and Islington College (CCG)

veronika.johnson@candi.ac.uk

College of Haringey Enfield and North East London  (CCG)

jsutton@conel.ac.uk

Westminster Kingsway College  (CCG)

carly.grundle@westking.ac.uk

Thursday 7 June

 City and Islington College (CCG)

veronika.johnson@candi.ac.uk

College of Haringey Enfield and North East London  (CCG)

jsutton@conel.ac.uk

Westminster Kingsway College (CCG)

carly.grundle@westking.ac.uk

Havering College

swithers@havering-college.ac.uk

Friday 8 June

 City and Islington College (CCG)

veronika.johnson@candi.ac.uk

College of Haringey Enfield and North East London (CCG)

jsutton@conel.ac.uk

Westminster Kingsway College (CCG)

carly.grundle@westking.ac.uk

Havering College

swithers@havering-college.ac.uk

Tuesday 12 June

 Havering College

swithers@havering-college.ac.uk

 

Ten Points for the USS Valuation, #UCUTransformed

At the UCU Transformed meeting on 28 April, Dennis Leech (Warwick) posed the following points and questions that the Joint Expert Panel should consider.

  1. How does a scheme that is currently cash flow positive go into deficit?
  2. What do cash flow projections for income and outgo look like?
  3. Why use index linked gilts (currently producing a negative return)?
  4. Consider using the internal rate of return.
  5. Are investment returns really too low?
  6. Investigate the ‘best estimate’ valuation.
  7. Focus on income from investments not asset price.
  8. Question the facile assumption that equities universally riskier than bonds.
  9. Examine in detail projections of key parameters e.g. mortality, growth, inflation, etc. Also the level of prudence.
  10. Distinguish between risk and short-term asset price volatility.

See also

FE Delivers Stunning Response! How can we build the USS and FE strikes?

LR-demo-280218UCU FE branches have delivered an equally stunning response in their campaign for decent pay as USS branches did over pensions.

Protest at Higher Education Bill Second Reading, 19 July, 12 noon

The Government is rushing the HE Bill through to its Second Reading in the House of Commons. The Second Reading has been called for Tuesday 19 July.

parlt-lobbyThe NUS, UCU London Region and other organisations have called an emergency protest in Parliament Square at noon.

Emergency Protest against the HE Bill
Tuesday 19 July, Westminster
Assemble 12 Noon, Parliament Square (Westminster Tube)
Called by London Region UCU, NUS, FACE, NCAFC and others

More information, including lobbying your MP…

London Region Plan for 25, 26 May strikes

Wednesday 25 May
2526mayGENDER PAY EQUALITY DAY

Morning picket lines

1.30pm UCEA, Tavistock Square
End the Gender Pay Gap Now!
Protest at UCEA’s offices on Tavistock Square

March to UCEA:

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2.30pm Conway Hall, Red Lion Square
Strike rally and activists’ forum
Speakers include

  • John McDonnell MP (Shadow Chancellor)
  • Shelly Asquith (NUS vice president)
  • Michael MacNeil (UCU)
  • Donna Merriman-Rowe (UNISON)
  • Rachel Cohen (City University UCU, UCU NEC elect)
  • Mark Campbell (London Region UCU HE)
  • Alex Kenny (NUT NEC)
  • Christina Paine (UCU Anti Casualisation Committee)
  • Frances O’Grady (TUC General Secretary, invited)

LMU rally 26 MayThursday 26 May
ANTI-CASUALISATION DAY

Morning picket lines

1pm London Met University, Tower building, Holloway Road

Zero tolerance for zero hour contracts
End all forms of casualisation

See also