|Art and Performance|
|Secretary – Autumn||Catherine Downsemail@example.com/
|Secretary – Spring & on||Julie Wilkinsonfirstname.lastname@example.org/
|Vice Chair||Lucy Burkeemail@example.com/
|Health and Safety||Keith Cromefirstname.lastname@example.org||Philosophy|
|Casework Co-ordinator||Helen Listemail@example.com||Film and Media|
|Membership Secretary||Huw Jonesfirstname.lastname@example.org/
|Equalities Officer||Pura Arizaemail@example.com||Education|
|Environmental Officer||John Deeneyfirstname.lastname@example.org||Art and Performance|
|Convenor Righton/Cav||Kathryn Brownbridgeemail@example.com||MFI|
|Convenor HPSC||Helen Mayallfirstname.lastname@example.org||HPSC Social Work|
|Convenor Education||Pura Arizaemail@example.com||Education|
|Convenor Geoffrey M||April Pudseyfirstname.lastname@example.org||History|
|Convenor Business||Cathy Urquhartemail@example.com||Business|
|Convenor John Dalton||tbc|
|Convenor No. 70||Linnie Blakefirstname.lastname@example.org||English|
|Convenor Law||Catherine Downsemail@example.com||Law|
|Ordinary Member: Law||tbc|
|Convenor Art||Michael Gormanfirstname.lastname@example.org||Art|
|Ordinary Member: Art||Simon Faulkneremail@example.com||Art|
MMU UCU Branch and Committee meetings 2019-2020: rooms from October tbc. Branch meeting venues from October may change. Look out for all-member emails advertising meeting venues and for any emergency additional meetings.
|Tuesday 3 September 1-3pm||G.07 SBB||Local reps and committee meeting GTVO|
|Wednesday 11 September 1-2.30pm||G.07 SBB||Committee meeting|
|Wednesday 18 September 1 – 3pm||407B Business School North Atrium||Branch meeting|
|Wed 16th Oct 1 – 2.30pm||Committee meeting|
|Thursday 17th Oct 10am||DEOC Meeting|
|Wed 27th Nov 1 – 3pm||Birley||Branch meeting|
|Wed 11 Dec 1 – 2.30pm||Committee meeting|
|Wed 22ndJan 1 – 2.30pm||Committee meeting|
|Wed 29thJan 1 – 3pm.||Geoffrey Manton||Branch meeting|
|12th Feb 2pm venue tbc||DEOC meeting|
|Wed 26thFeb 1 – 2.30pm||Committee meeting|
|Wed 11thMarch. 1 – 3pm||Benzie||Branch meeting|
|Wed 1stApril 1 – 2.30pm||Committee meeting|
|AGM Wed 6th May 1 – 3pm||John Dalton|
|Wed 13thMay 10am venue tbc||DEOC meeting|
|Wed 20thMay||First meeting of newly elected branch committee: date tbc|
|Wed 10thJune 1 – 3pm tbc||Branch meeting|
UCU MMU congratulates those finalists for the Social Worker of the Year Awards, including those shortlisted for the Social Work Student of the Year Award. However, we support the ethical position taken by Social Workers Without Borders, one of the judges Nick Berbiers, and others, to withdraw from the awards due to Capita’s involvement as a sponsor.
Capita has been criticised for their gruelling and distressing medical assessments for disability benefits, for their practices in carrying out deportations, including deporting Windrush citizens, and for using “excessive restraint” on detainees flown out of the country.
UCU MMU notes reports critical of Capita’s use of cruel and unethical methods in implementing deportations, including of members of the Windrush generation, and in their administration of social care. We call on Social Worker of the Year Awards to end their relationship with Capita and to implement an ethical framework for sponsorship in future years.
MMU UCU Branch Committee: 23/10/18
Please note a change of date for our next Manchester full branch meeting to
Wednesday 17th October 2-3.30pm GM328
with visiting speaker President-elect of UCU Douglas Chalmers of Glasgow Caledonian University and UCU Scotland.
The Crewe branch meeting will go ahead as advertised on Thursday 11th October 10 – 11.30pm.
UCU’s national pay and equality ballot opened on 30 August 2018. The ballot runs until 19 October.
Manchester Metropolitan UCU Branch Committee recommends that you vote YES to strike action and YES to action short of a strike (ASOS). Employers must meaningfully address the key elements of the dispute, including:
- loss in the value of your pay,
- shameful pay inequality,
- the scandal of casualisation,
- workload and stress.
If you have not received a ballot paper by Monday 10 September, please email your full details to our office immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do everything possible to ensure that you get a replacement paper.
Our ‘get the vote out’ campaign will be in touch via email, in person, on the phone, via email and social media and at your branch meetings (10 October Manchester and 11 October Crewe). If you would like to volunteer to help please contact Branch Chair or Secretary at email@example.com.
Pay and equality matters – vote YES to strike action and vote YES to action short of a strike.
Attached here is the wording of UCU’s memorandum of understanding with MMU on ‘Lecture Capture‘. Members at MMU should write to branch secretary Julie Wilkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns about the implementation of the understanding.
Manchester Metropolitan University Branch:
Dates of meetings 2018-19 Venues tbc
|Manchester||Wed 10th Oct
2 – 3.30pm
|Crewe||Thurs. 11th Oct.
10 – 11.30am
|Manchester||Wed 5th Dec
2 – 3.30pm
|Crewe||Thurs. 6th Dec
10 – 11.30am
|Manchester||Wed 20th Feb
2 – 3.30pm
|Crewe||Thurs. 21st Feb
10 – 11.30am
|Manchester||Wed 1st May
2 – 3.30pm.
|Crewe||Thurs 2nd May
10 – 11.30am
|Manchester||AGM Wed 12th June
1 – 3pm
|Crewe||AGM Thurs 13th
10 – 12am
|Branch Committee meetings|
|Wed Sept 12th 2pm – 4pm|
|Wed Nov 7th 2pm – 4pm|
|Wed Jan 23rd 2pm – 4pm|
|Wed March 13th 2pm – 4pm|
|Wed May 8th 2pm – 4pm|
|Wed June 19th 2pm – 4pm|
MMU UCU sends our support and solidarity to our colleagues on strike over threats to the USS pension scheme. Lots of our members also have USS pensions, although we are not striking because our employers operate the Teacher’s Pension Scheme instead. We urge Universities UK to negotiate to protect the value and security of pensions for all academic staff.
Picture: Thursday February 22nd 2018: UCU Vice President elect Vicky Knight visits University of Manchester picket lines.
“I share your alarm at the threat of compulsory redundancies arising from MMU’s announcement that they will close their Crewe campus.
“All redundancies of university staff are to be regretted, but this case is particularly concerning, as it appears management have failed to enter into any meaningful negotiations to see what alternative options were available. I urge them to meaningfully negotiate and address these concerns by finding an alternative to compulsory redundancies.
“The fact that this dispute arose from the decision to close the Crewe campus is also especially disappointing. Campuses such as Crewe can play a key role in providing education, and helping students from all backgrounds to access it, as well as supporting the local economy.
“I understand the pressures facing vice-chancellors but, they must, at all times, consider the welfare of their students and their staff to make their university a success. As a former trade unionist myself, I know the decision to start industrial action has not been taken lightly, and I send my solidarity and support along with newly elected Labour MP, Laura Smith.”
Thanks to MMU Cheshire graduate Laura Smith MP, newly elected in Crewe, for her support for our action to protest against compulsory redundancies.