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University of East London UCU – branch meeting Tuesday 10 July 2012

At a well-attended meeting today at Carlow Street, UEL members were updated about the current negotiations by Regional Official Greg Barnett and local negotiators.  All areas of the dispute were reported back on and discussed, but the longest discussion was management’s proposed Academic Workload Policy and Procedure and Guidelines. These proposals were met with a mixture of anger and incredulity and concern was expressed about the offensive on academic staff by UEL management.  Members agreed that a clear signal needed to be sent to management that we reject this proposal and there is a desire by members to fight for fair and equitable academic working conditions at UEL.  The following motion was passed unanimously:

This branch rejects UEL management’s current demands vis-a-vis workloads and work schedules.

The branch resolves to organise a public demonstration on 18th July at Stratford Campus to make our concerns known more widely.

The branch also resolves to move to strike action early next Semester with the aim of resolving all issues of dispute, including the need for a fair and equitable workload allocation model.

Thanks to everyone who sent apologies and messages of support for the negotiators’ position; this was very important. If you would like to get involved with building for concerted strike action in September in your School please contact us.  If you have any comments about the dispute or the proposal in relation to workload allocation at UEL please talk to your School Rep, contact Rae Beaver (Chair), or reply to this email. We had some interesting suggestions for non-strike action to accompany strike action, which we will follow up on, and we welcome any further suggestions.  We will hold a meeting at the start of the academic year to discuss an escalating plan of action.   Time to fight back.

For and on behalf of UCU @ UEL Branch Committee

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