Open petitions & letters

Stop the ‘Fresh Start’ proposals at Hull College Group

We the undersigned are deeply concerned about the ‘Fresh Start’ restructure proposals put forward by the Hull College Group, which include plans to cut 231 full-time equivalent posts. We believe the plans will have a negative impact on local people in Hull, Harrogate and Goole by reducing the availability of learning opportunities. We are further concerned that major decisions are being made with little transparency and accountability to staff and students, informed by external consultants…

Support the vote of no confidence in the chief executive of St Helens and Knowsley Colleges

Within 3 months of a merger which was to create a financially sustainable future the chief executive officer (CEO) – Jette Burford – has announced two large cuts in staffing. It is proposed to cut 85 posts which is nearly 15% of the total workforce. This has enraged staff and students alike. At well attended joint union meetings across both sites members voted unanimously that they had no confidence in the leadership of the CEO…

Stop the anti-union dirty tricks in the Coventry University Group

We the undersigned condemn the management of the CU Group, a subsidiary company of Coventry University, who have sought to block UCU from applying for recognition by setting up a company union and recognising it. Members and staff are clear that they want UCU to speak for them. We call on the CU Group to de-recognise its fake company union and recognise UCU for collective bargaining with immediate effect. The CU Group is a wholly…

University of Essex UCU petition: guarantee our working conditions

University of Essex UCU petition: guarantee our working conditions This petition was developed by members of academic departments and UCU local branch. It seeks support from all members of academic staff (whether permanent or fixed-term, senior or probationary, union members or not). Dear Vice-Chancellor, In September 2017, approximately one-eighth of the research-active staff were sent letters warning that their positions might be in danger, including the invocation of Capability proceedings to remove them from their…

People Plus pay petition

In September 2016 People Plus management gave a presentation to all staff informing them they would receive a 2% pay rise in January 2017. In January 2017, managers have been instructed to tell staff that they will no longer be getting this pay award. Management have not had the courtesy to inform all staff of this officially in writing. We, the undersigned, are members of prison education staff for People Plus and call on the…

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University of Leicester: Staffing Crisis in Human Geography

The Human Geography group at the University of Leicester would like to thank everyone who showed their support for our recent open letter to the University’s Leadership Team about the long-term under-staffing of our group. Within days of issuing this letter, and after years of inaction, the University of Leicester has moved to replace some…

Save Manchester Metropolitan University Cheshire campus

Manchester Metropolitan University’s board of governors has employed financial consultants to review the academic and financial sustainability of the Cheshire campus. UCU believes that there is a viable future for MMU in Crewe and call on the university to commit to a sustainable future there.

Success at Coventry

UCU is pleased to confirm that staff who were put on FutureWorks agency contracts will now be offered CU Services employment contracts, recognition has now been agreed and in addition, the union and the university have agreed to meet for talks around the issue of dealing with recognition in the group’s companies. Thank you to…