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Manchester Met UCU members strongly reject compulsory redundancies

UCU calls on the Vice Chancellor and the Governors to avoid any and all compulsory redundancies as a result of the withdrawal over the next two years from MMU Cheshire.

In a consultative e-ballot of branch members, close on ninety per cent of those who voted agreed to call for industrial action should any UCU member be threatened with compulsory redundancy. Over half of all branch members used their votes in a decisive show of support for colleagues threatened with losing their jobs this summer at Crewe.

The branch is committed to continue talks to try persuade the University to invest in the staff for the sake of our students, and the future of MMU. We are asking for clear and decisive action from management to avoid compulsory redundancies. Our campaign continues.

Check out our ‘Crewe Voices’ series posted here and on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/MMUUCU/

Crewe Voices

370 jobs are at risk at Manchester Metropolitan University. MMU UCU spoke to academics and support staff. Names are invented; their words are true.
Dr Couzens Senior Lecturer MMU:
“When you start a job in a university you don’t think you might need to worry about redundancy. Jobs in higher education are usually fairly steady. I didn’t think I would be out of the job but higher education has changed… Higher education isn’t the best paid sector to be in if you’re highly qualified but the pension, job security and working conditions made up for that fact. I’m not sure I would have pursued a career in higher education if I knew what the future held. It feels like the best and the brightest are being chucked on the scrapheap… What is frustrating is that this isn’t a university that is struggling financially. MMU is in a very healthy financial state and has huge cash reserves…”

UCU for MMU Crewe

UCU MMU Members are now voting in a CONSULTATIVE BALLOT to stand up for any colleague threatened with compulsory redundancy in the event of the University withdrawing from its Crewe campus. Over 370 jobs are at risk.

The branch urges all our colleagues to join their respective unions. And to UCU members we say – please vote – and encourage your colleagues to vote.

LOBBY – FRIDAY 10th FEBRUARY 08.45

This Friday 10th February the Vice Chancellor and the Board of the University will meet behind closed doors to make their final decision about the future of MMU Cheshire. UCU will be lobbying that meeting

UCU’s General Secretary Sally Hunt will be speaking at our lobby, along with members of the branch negotiating team from Crewe and Manchester

We will be gathering at 8.45am on the corner of All Saints Park, at the junction of Lower Ormond and Cavendish Streets.

This is a call to rally before work to protest at the proposed ending of more than a hundred years of higher education provision in Crewe and East Cheshire and the threat to hundreds of academic and support jobs.

Students, other trades unionists – anyone who wants to speak up for the future of our public Universities – please support us!
For further information or to send messages of support contact UCU branch Secretary Julie Wilkinson on ucummuwilko@gmail.com

MMU UCU branch open meeting on ‘Prevent’ strategy

 
WHAT’S WRONG WITH PREVENT? 
 
Wednesday December 14th 1-2pm GMLT5 
 
Chaired by Patrick Williams (Sociology) 
Speaker:  Dawn Taylor, National Executive Committee of the NUT.
Contribution from lecturer Dr. Rizwaan Sabir, author of Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism through Civil, Political, and Human Rights, a submission to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.   
 
Why are all staff being asked to attend training meetings on the implementation of the Government’s ‘Prevent’ strategy?  
What effects has the policy had in schools and colleges?  
What issues does this Government policy present to academics and University students?  
What should we expect of MMU in response to the strategy? 
 
Come and have your say – all staff and students welcome. 

The Case for MMU Cheshire

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What is the future for MMU Cheshire?

 The Vice Chancellor and the Board of Manchester Metropolitan University are currently considering proposals to cut back or close our Crewe campus.

Plans set out by consultants Deloitte could result in:

  • potential redundancies: up to141 academic jobs plus technical and support staff
  • fewer courses and a narrower range of learning experiences for future students
  • shrinking of the public Higher Education sector in the region
  • the permanent loss to the community of Crewe and East Cheshire of the cultural and economic benefits of a local public University.

UCU opposes compulsory redundancies

We call on all staff and students to support your MMU colleagues.

 UCU believes that increased investment in the Crewe campus can build on MMU’s achievements and ensure a sustainable academic and financial future.

To read MMU UCU’s The Case for MMU Cheshire click on the link above.

To join UCU go to www.ucu.org.uk/join or contact Membership Secretary h.r.jones@mmu.ac.uk

To sign UCU’s petition go to: http://speakout.web.ucu.org.uk/save-manchester-metropolitan-university-cheshire-campus/

 To defend the public University sector and all our jobs – join UCU and have your say!    

 

Branch and UCU meetings 16-17 updated

Manchester Metropolitan University Branch:  meetings and deadlines list 2016-7 (subject to change)

Branch Meetings Venue Committee Meetings Venue NW Regional Committee Sat am Manchester Deadlines
Wed Sept 14th

2pm

old SU UCU office 207 Approve NW delegates before Oct 15th
Wed 12th Oct.

1 – 3pm

Crewe Wilson 0.18

Seeley 1.26

Saturday 15th October  time?
Thurs. 13th Oct.  2 – 4pm John Dalton East E0.34  
Wed Nov 23rdth

2pm

old SU UCU office 207
Wed 7th Dec

1.30 – 3.30pm

Geoffrey Manton 302
Thurs. 8th Dec

2 – 4pm

Crewe

Seeley 1.26

Mon Feb 27th

1.15 – 2pm

old SU UCU office 207 within 15 days from 21st Jan
Wed, 1st March

12.30 – 2pm

GM LT7 Congress motions by noon Fri 17th March.
Thurs. 2nd March

10 – 11.30am

Crewe

Delaney 0.01

Wed March 15th 2pm old SU UCU office 207 within 4 weeks from 1st April: AGM
Wed 3rd May

2 -4pm

Crewe

Seeley 1.26

Thurs 4th May

1 – 3pm

John Dalton East E.0.34
Wed May 10th

2pm

old SU UCU office 207 Wed 17th May Nominations for branch committee to Returning Officer.
Congress

27th-29th May

Brighton
AGM Manchester

Wed 14th June

2 – 4pm

Geoffrey Manton 302 Results of branch elections declared
AGM Crewe

Thurs 15th June

2-4pm

Crewe

Seeley 1.26

Wed July 5th 2pm old SU UCU office 207

 

Sign our petition for MMU Cheshire here:

http://speakout.web.ucu.org.uk/save-manchester-metropolitan-university-cheshire-campus/

Manchester Metropolitan University has informed all staff at MMU Cheshire of proposals for changes including the possibility of the permanent closure of the campus – see our earlier post with details.

At a meeting in June this year, the University’s Board of Governors and the Vice Chancellor ruled out the option of ‘business as usual’.  Managers have stressed their commitment to existing students enrolled on courses at Crewe, including to the quality of their experience of studying at MMU.

There are just three options now under consideration: a reduced ‘focused’ presence on the existing site; a move to a Crewe town centre site, possibly with new educational partners; and closure.  All options have extremely serious implications not only for the future of the Higher Education offer in the area, but for current academic and support staff jobs.

The UCU branch has been working closely with Unison and the GMB to oppose compulsory redundancy; regional and branch officers have made this policy clear in every meeting with managers.  So far no member of staff at Crewe has been informed that they may be made redundant.  But the University has also refused to rule out compulsory redundancies.

Please sign the UCU petition in support of ‘The Case for Crewe’ which we intend to present to MMU’s Vice Chancellor and Governors in mid-November.

If you have a direct connection with MMU Cheshire don’t forget to add this to your signature along with your reasons for signing.

Thank you for your support.

Julie Wilkinson
MMU UCU Branch Secretary
j.wilkinson@mmu.ac.uk

 

 

 

MMU UCU Branch Stress at Work survey

The MMU UCU branch conducted a survey of members at the end of the academic year 2015-16.  The results are attached below (data all).
Many members report working outside our standard hours of employment, in the evenings, during vacations and when off sick.  It is important to notice too just how many members are reporting exhaustion, anxiety and disturbed sleep patterns – all of which are precursors to more serious health conditions.
Members told us that key stressors included increased paperwork/administration, the NSS, and a sense of not being valued, or in control over demands and deadlines which are increasingly difficult to meet.

Stress and work-related ill health are major health and safety concerns and it is vital that both we as employees and our employers take them seriously as they have a major and detrimental impact upon our health and wellbeing and upon our workplace and working relationships. This is recognised in the NICE guidelines (https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ph22) and by the Health and Safety Executive (http://www.hse.gov.uk/stress/) There is cumulative evidence that working long hours without adequate rest or time off is linked to mental health and cardio-vascular problems. It also places particular strain on employees with caring responsibilities and makes striking an appropriate work/life balance impossible.

UCU@MMU is committed to working with management to address the key stressors that our survey identifies. To do this effectively across the university we need more Health and Safety Representatives. If you are interested in taking on this role please contact our H&S coordinator, Lucy Burke – l.burke@mmu.ac.uk

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The Future of MMU Cheshire

The University has informed all staff at MMU Cheshire of proposals for changes including the possibility of the permanent closure of the campus.
At a meeting in June the University’s Board of Governors and the Vice Chancellor ruled out the option of ‘business as usual’.  Managers have stressed their commitment to existing students enrolled on courses at Crewe, including to the quality of their experience of studying at MMU.  There are just three options now under consideration: a reduced ‘focused’ presence on the existing site; a move to a Crewe town centre site, possibly in conjunction with new educational partners; and closure.  All options have extremely serious implications not only for the future of the Higher Education offer in the vicinity, but for current academic and support staff jobs. 
The University has refused to rule out compulsory redundancies. 
UCU is opposed to compulsory redundancy and your officers, convenors and reps have made this policy clear in every meeting with managers.   
 
The University Executive Group had commissioned a report by consultants Deloitte into the viability of a number of options and assessing the current operating position.
In consultation meetings with staff, senior staff and Deloitte’s representatives reported a series of further meetings with student reps at Crewe, and with some local political bodies and businesses.  The University has arranged a process of informal consultation with staff in meetings and on-line consultation, although this does not include consulting on the possibility of the continued operation of the Crewe Campus as it is currently configured.  These consultations will inform a further report by Deloitte to be presented to the Board of Governors for a decision to be taken on Friday 30th September.  
HR staff have also talked to representatives of all three unions, UCU, Unison and GMB, although only in relation to the three options currently under consideration.  The first Deloitte report is not to be published but HR has agreed to answer questions put directly by union reps.    
UCU branch officers with our Regional Support Officer held a meeting with members at Crewe on August 3rd.  Crewe reps, Michael Loughlin and Rick Fenoglio are continuing to consult with UCU staff.  Members have asked the branch officers to find out more about the basis for the University’s decisions, and to compile our own report on the case for Crewe, not limited to any given options.  Members want to articulate the kinds of value – educational, cultural and economic – which underpin a tradition of over a hundred years of continuing and viable Higher Education provision in the area.  We have compiled and sent a series of questions to our Senior Management team, but we are still collecting your questions and your contributions – contact your Crewe reps today!  
UCU is ready to respond to your concerns and to act in your interests.  Get in touch with each other, talk to us and recruit your colleagues to UCU as soon as you can.  There is no lee-way in this timetable and we need to respond quickly.      
UCU, Unison and GMB reps have held joint interest meetings and we are working closely together with our sister unions.  
To contact your Crewe reps email Michael Loughlin at m.loughlin@mmu.ac.uk , or Rick Fenoglio at r.fenoglio@mmu.ac.uk
To contact your acting Chair email Dominique Lauterburg at d.lauterburg@mmu.ac.uk.  
Branch Secretary, Julie Wilkinson is at j.wilkinson@mmu.ac.uk.   
Those on leave will have left ‘forwarding’ instructions for you to follow.

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