Members vote at EGM on date for ballot
Members at an Emergency General Meeting of the UCU today voted on a motion that defined when a ballot for industrial action would take place, given the UCU’s position now to involve ACAS. At a emergency meeting of JCUU this morning, the University refused to recognise that the ‘status quo ante’ should be in place as regards the current reviews.
While UCU welcomes the agreement to move the disputes procedure to the next stage by agreeing to ACAS involvement, this outbreak of reasonableness on the part of the University at EJCUU was followed by an inflammatory decision to proceed – within hours – straight to job matching in the Faculty of Biological Sciences. An email was sent to all academic and related employees in FBS telling them that they must soon all apply for their own jobs. There are fewer jobs to apply for than people currently employed by the Faculty. As such it is not surprising that the EGM motion (passed with no votes against and a single abstention) emphasised the need for meaningful engagement on their part and that we would move quickly to ballot on Industrial Action if management attempt to drag the process out. Clearly we need to be able to act urgently if required to do so to protect jobs as our senior management seem keen to get rid of people as quickly as they can, before ACAS arbitration, and despite our reasoned objections.