Update on Dispute on Forcing Staff to do Face-to-Face Working:

Our dispute with the University over staff safety is as follows:

Cardiff University has failed to give a clear and public commitment not to compel any member of staff or worker to attend face-to-face work on campus while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose a significant public health risk.

We want to reiterate that we fully support members who are returning to campus – or wish to return – voluntarily. The dispute is about supporting colleagues who are being forced to return, even when they have underlying conditions that make them particularly vulnerable. If you are in this position, please contact the UCU office (ucu@cardiff.ac.uk)

The next stage of the dispute involves a Joint Negotiating Committee meeting that must involve at least three lay members of the University Council. We expect this to take place in January 2021. We ask members to encourage managers in their Schools to take a position that helps resolve this dispute by not forcing staff onto campus, and to communicate their position to UEB.