Two Ballots: the FAQs

As you are aware, members face TWO strike ballots this month and we have posted a comprehensive FAQ (‘Frequently Asked Questions’).

Your papers for both ballots must reach Head Office by 22nd February.

A reminder of the issues:

  1. Pay & Equality (UK ballot, 15th Jan-22nd Feb): Negotiations made no progress on the issues of wages, tackling the gender pay gap, reducing casualization, and impossible workloads. UCU nationally, and the Cardiff UCU Executive Committee recommend that you vote ‘YES’ in favour of strike action and ASOS.
  2. Protect jobs (local ballot, 1st-22nd Feb): There is a threat of compulsory redundancies at Cardiff University. Our VC has refused to provide assurance there will be no compulsory redundancies as part of the Transforming Cardiff campus redevelopment scheme. Cardiff UCU Executive Committee recommend that you vote ‘YES’ in this local ballot favour of strike action and ASOS to protect our jobs.

And there’s further details in our previous post.

Can you give an hour of your time to help strengthen UCU’s bargaining position?

If so, please join our phone-banking team! We need to personally contact our members to remind them to dig out their ballot papers and put them in the post. It will really help us to achieve the 50% turnout we need for the ballot to count.

We are asking you to commit to just one hour over the coming week. You can work by yourself or in pairs or in groups of three, as you prefer. It’s a great opportunity to meet other members and do something positive to improve your working conditions.

If you can help, please contact Lucy Riglin ( or Steven Stanley (

UCU NEC and national officer ballot (yes, another one)

Ballot material for the election of UCU national officers and executive committee members will be arriving in the post over the next few days. You will also be receiving election material from the candidates.

We appreciate that you may be suffering from ballot fatigue, however, elections to UCU national officer and NEC positions are extremely important to the functioning of the union. We encourage you to use your vote. You can find out more about the process on the national UCU website.

Meanwhile nominations for positions on the branch executive committee are open until next Wednesday, 13th February. For more information, contact current exec members or the office then download the form and get nominating.

Consultation on the REF code of practice

UCU’s representatives have been consulted on the REF code of practice, which shows the University’s will to increase the transparency of their procedures on REF. We also welcome the consultation on the code of practice launched in BLAS. On the other hand, our members have raised many concerns in relation to the fairness and transparency of how the actual REF process is conducted. We would like to hear your views on all these three aspects: the consultation on the code of practice, the code of practice itself, and the internal rolling of REF in Cardiff.

Please give us your feedback via our short survey.