The branch is supporting the day of action today, with a stall outside the library and a campaign meeting from 2pm in the Stretch.
* to encourage more members to be involved in their union
* to campaign in support of negotiating improvements.
The rep. for part-time and hourly-paid staff is Jamie Woodcock, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to be involved in local action for casualised staff, please get in touch.
If you still have concerns or queries about how this agreement will affect you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing email@example.com
After many years of negotiating, UCU and the college have reached a draft agreement on the assimilation of hourly paid staff onto the single pay spine. This will be subject to ratification by UCU nationally and will go out to ballot of all Goldsmiths UCU members next week, with the ballot opening on the 8th of July and closing on the 22nd of July. At this time, members will be able to email their vote to firstname.lastname@example.org. Votes will be checked by the Goldsmiths UCU Administrator and an independent Returning Officer.
The agreement aims to bring hourly-paid staff, visiting tutors and fractional staff into alignment with the Framework Agreement that brought all staff onto same pay spine in 2008. If you weren’t able to make the last branch meeting, in which Ben Levitas discussed the agreement, you can read the minutes at http://goldsmithsucu.org/content/general-meeting-minutes-11-jun-2013 (item 2).
There will be a special meeting discussing the agreement at 12pm on the 8th of July in the RHB Cinema. If you’re unable to attend the meeting but still want to discuss the agreement before voting, our representative for Part Time and Hourly Paid Staff, Brendan Donegan, has also set up a secure online discussion forum (see below for details on how to access the forum).
The final agreement, with a note explaining the key points, will be circulated to all members by email.
To access the forum:
1. Set up a crabgrass account at https://we.riseup.net/account/signup
2. Search for the group “Goldsmiths Staff Forum” (you will find it if you search for groups and look at “Recently Added”).
3. Send a request to join.
4. Once you are added, click on “Discussions” on the left-hand side, and then select “Discussion on fractionalisation agreement”. This should make it possible for you to read what others have posted, and to post comments yourself.
If you have any questions about the forum, email Brendan at email@example.com
Goldsmiths UCU General Meeting 11 June 2013
National pay claim 2013
VT assimilation negotiations
Updating of staff files
Congress Report and discussion on subs
Delegates for People’s Assembly, 22 June
Academic Staff Recognition and Development, HEA and UCU presentations
Multiculturalism and Education in the Age of Austerity day at UCU: Report from Deirdre Osborne (if present)
1. Pay Claim
UCU have noted their disappointment at the pay offer of 1% and the substantial loss of pay, 13% over 5 years. HE Sector Conference delegates have voted to endorse rejection of the pay offer along with other HE unions and to prepare to ballot for action in the autumn.
2. VT Assimilation
After many years, we have finally able to report that we have reached a draft agreement on the assimilation of hourly paid staff onto the single pay spine. This will be subject to ratification by UCU nationally and will go out to ballot of all Goldsmiths UCU members in the summer.
4. Congress report and subscription rates discussion
Nationally (though not at Goldsmiths) UCU has accrued a £2 million deficit due to losing members. Instead of sanctioning a budget that may involve compulsory redundancies, Congress delegates voted for an integrated strategy of cost reductions, recruitment campaigns in low density institutions and raising subscriptions over two years by up to 5% above inflation as necessary.
7. i) Academic Staff Recognition and Development : HEA and UCU presentations
There will be a presentation/discussion session 2-4pm Friday June 14th NAB 314 on the topic of Academic Staff Recognition and Development.
Guest speakers will be Richard Brawn from the Higher Education Academy and Michael MacNeil, National Head of H.E. for the UCU. The focus will be on the recognition of excellence in academic teaching and how we can best support H.E. teaching practice.
Queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a very important general meeting at 1pm next Tuesday, 11 June, in RHB150.
There are a number of local and national issues that we need to discuss.
1. After many many years, we have finally able to report that we have reached a draft agreement on the assimilation of hourly paid staff onto the single pay spine. This will be subject to ratification by UCU nationally and, crucially, will go out to ballot of all Goldsmiths UCU members in the summer. It has taken an enormous amount of work to get this far and we are aware that members – especially those who are hourly paid – will have many questions about the new scheme.
2. UCU Congress took place last week and there are two major issues to report.
- The first is that the HE Sector Conference delegates voted to endorse rejection of the pay offer of 1% (along with other HE unions) and to prepare to ballot for action in the autumn. Delegates were acutely aware of the substantial loss of pay – some 13% over 5 years – which has accumulated in recent years.
- The second is in relation to a projected £2 million deficit at UCU nationally arising from the loss of members over the last two years (not at Goldsmiths we would like to add!). Instead of sanctioning a budget that may involve compulsory redundancies, delegates voted for an integrated strategy of cost reductions, recruitment campaigns in low density institutions and raising subscriptions over two years by up to 5% above inflation as necessary. This was not taken lightly but is much more preferable than being complicit in a compulsory redundancy policy for UCU staff at a time when local branches are opposing precisely such a policy.
- Branch motions to Congress on opposing redundancies amongst Initial Teacher Education staff and supporting the national People’s Assembly on 22 June were both passed overwhelmingly.
Please do join us at the meeting on Tuesday 11 June to discuss these extremely important issues.
The Iceberg-Carrot group, made up of postgraduate teachers at Goldsmiths, have put together a survey for part-time and hourly paid staff. A group will be meeting tomorrow (23rd April) at 2pm at Loafers and distributing leaflets promoting the survey around the college. Any volunteers are welcome to join them.
If you are a part-time or hourly-paid staff member, please take some time to fill in the survey at http://belowtheiceberg.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/goldsmiths-part-time-and-hourly-paid-staff-survey/ – and please do pass it on to other staff members.
We are looking for two delegates to represent the branch at the annual meeting of the very important Anti-Casualisation committee that represents hourly-paid and sessional staff. The meeting takes place at UCU HQ on Friday 9 March from 10am-4pm. Please go to http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=2751 if you want more information, and contact gucu-adminATgold.ac.uk if you’re interested in going.