Tag Archives: News Roundup 1 November 2019

A weekly roundup of Cardiff UCU news and announcements

Historic mandates in Strike Ballots:

The results of the “four fights” and USS ballots amount to an overwhelming vote for industrial action, a clear mandate for our negotiators, and a clear message from staff to employers.

Cardiff UCU would like to thank the small but tireless team of local reps for their work campaigning to get the vote out, as well as our broader membership who voted so convincingly in favour of action to improve our Universities.

We’d also like to apologise to our members for hounding you about voting so regularly for the last month, and to thank you for your patience. It’s essential that as many of us vote as possible, and a steady stream of door-knocks, personal phone calls, and emails are the only tools we have at our disposal to do so.

Nationally, in the pay ballot, a record 55 post-92 and pre-92 branches are in a position to take industrial action, with a higher overall turnout (49%) and a larger yes vote (74%) than ever before. In the USS ballot, 43 branches are in a position to take action, with an even higher yes vote of 79% and an overall turnout of 53%.

At Cardiff, because of your collective resolve we met the punitive, anti-union, 50% threshold in both ballots, with a resounding vote in favour of strike action and ASOS in both too.

Although none of us want to go on strike again, this vote shows that most of us feel the sector needs to change. UCU nationally has called on employers to return to negotiations immediately. In the meantime, the union will plan for the next phase of each dispute. UCU’s higher education committee will meet shortly to discuss the results and consider our next steps, including the nature, timing, and scale of industrial action.

Guardian coverage here.

UCU press release here.

An older, local Welsh news piece which interviews Cardiff UCU activists about the issues underpinning the strike votes is here.

Cardiff UCU branch General Meeting:

Our branch General Meetings are incredibly important to the smooth and democratic running of your local UCU branch. The more of our members turn up, debate, and vote, the more reflective of our members’ interests the branch will be.

Our next general meeting will take place on Weds 6 Nov at 1.10pm in the John Percival Building, Room 1.57 – with lunch available from 12.45pm.

You can find the agenda here and all of the papers on the branch website here.

We have a big year ahead – come along and help shape our branch’s activities and campaigns!

Cardiff delegates needed for two national UCU meetings:

We are in need of delegates for the UCU special Higher Education Sector Conference (HESC) about USS on 6th December (http://www.ucu.org.uk/circ/html/ucu971.html) and the UCU Democracy Commission Special Congress on 7th December (http://www.ucu.org.uk/circ/html/ucu976.html). If we don’t get enough volunteers, we won’t be able to use the full extent of our branch’s influence in our Union.

For context, the HESC meeting is a one-off special meeting which will focus on deciding and planning our future position on the USS dispute. The Democracy Commission is a body set up after the 2018 strikes to ensure a grassroots, member-led, UCU after widespread disappointment with the way the former union leadership ended the dispute. This conference will consider the recommendations of the Democracy Commission and decide the future of the UCU’s democratic structures (something we all agree will be crucial if we are forced to strike again).

The Cardiff UCU General Meeting next week will be the last chance for confirming delegates – so if anyone thinks they might put themselves forward, or would like to know more, please email ucu@cardiff.ac.uk as soon as possible.

The meetings are in Manchester, but the branch will be able to provide travel and accommodation expenses.

Results of the Cardiff UCU branch vote in both ballots:

CARDIFF UCU PAY, CASUALISATION, EQUALITY & WORKLOADS BALLOT: Turnout 52%

ARE YOU PREPARED TO TAKE INDUSTRIAL ACTION CONSISTING OF STRIKE ACTION?

77% Yes – 23% No

ARE YOU PREPARED TO TAKE INDUSTRIAL ACTION CONSISTING OF ACTION SHORT OF STRIKE ACTION UP TO AND INCLUDING A MARKING AND ASSESSMENT BOYCOTT?

84% Yes – 16% No

CARDIFF UCU USS BALLOT: Turnout 52%

ARE YOU PREPARED TO TAKE INDUSTRIAL ACTION CONSISTING OF STRIKE ACTION?

82% Yes – 18% No

ARE YOU PREPARED TO TAKE INDUSTRIAL ACTION CONSISTING OF ACTION SHORT OF STRIKE ACTION UP TO AND INCLUDING A MARKING AND ASSESSMENT BOYCOTT?

88% Yes – 12% No

The full results for all local branches who voted can be found here