Open petitions & letters

Leeds Beckett University UCU: hourly paid lecturers petition

Hourly paid lecturers (HPLs) play a crucial role at Leeds Beckett University yet work on contracts that are precarious with no security of income or employment from one year to the next. Figures supplied to UCU show that in 2017/18, 370 HPLs taught a total of over 31,000 hours.  Without them the university simply could not function and many courses would cease to run. A survey carried out last year by UCU at the university…

Improve the terms and conditions of teaching assistants at Manchester

We, the undersigned, call on University of Manchester to make clear its commitment to providing high quality education for students by taking decisive action to improve the terms and conditions of teaching assistants. Unfair and inequitable working conditions blight people’s lives and destroy their careers, causing real hardship and distress. They also disrupt educational relationships, stifle the development of teaching staff and often put them under unbearable pressure to cut corners by employing them on…

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…

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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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…

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…