GUCU Motion to Ballot for Industrial Action
Passed overwhelmingly at GUCU Branch Meeting August 20th, 2020
This branch notes:
- That GUCU members passed a dispute resolution at our AGM on 1 July 2020 by an overwhelming majority
- This resolution put us into dispute with the University on the following grounds:
- The measures introduced by SMT to control staff costs will lead to a significant and unacceptable reduction in staffing levels for at least the next academic year,
- The reduction in staffing levels will lead to an unacceptable increase in workload for remaining staff, and will fundamentally change the balance between teaching and research & scholarship,
- There has been a failure to ensure the institution’s equalities duties have been met, eg, by conducting equalities impact assessments on staff cost saving measures prior to implementation, which we believe will disproportionately affect staff with protected characteristics including women, BAME staff. Data provided by HR pertaining to staff on fixed term casualised contracts show indirect discrimination
- GUCU Officers met regularly with SMT and their representatives in HR to try to solve the dispute but management missed our deadline for conducting Equality Impact Assessment and all of the grounds for the dispute remain outstanding – crucially, AL/GTT and FTCs continue to face redundancy, and many have already seen their jobs end.
- At a meeting with HR representatives of SMT on July 30th GUCU gave official notice of a ‘failure’ to agree, which has exhausted the first two phases of the disputes resolution agreement.
- The next step in the dispute is for the branch meeting is to vote to ballot the members for action.
This branch resolves:
- To ballot our members for action, after taking the following steps:
- Set up a disputes committee and establish a ‘Get the Vote Out’ planning group and to begin work immediately
- Determine through department meetings and other forms of consultation what form of action should be offered on the ballot paper