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April 24th, 2015:

Performance development review – joint union meeting, UCU branch meeting, and ballot; advance notice of UCU branch agm

TO UCU MEMBERS

PROPOSALS TO INTRODUCE A STAFF PERFORMANCE AND DEVELOPMENT REVIEW SCHEME TO REPLACE THE STAFF DEVELOPMENT REVIEW:

JOINT UNION MEETING, UCU BRANCH MEETING AND CONSULTATIVE BALLOT

JOINT UNION MEETING:

TUESDAY 28 APRIL (STRATFORD) 12.30-2.00, EDG01
(please note changed start time)

UCU BRANCH MEETING:

THURSDAY 30 APRIL, 1.15-2.30, DOCKLANDS
ROOM NUMBER TBC

CONSULTATIVE BALLOT:

YOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED AN EMAIL ENABLING YOU TO VOTE – PLEASE CONTACT UCU IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED THIS EMAIL

THE CONSULTATIVE BALLOT WILL CLOSE ON 8 MAY

Please read all the attached documents.

The UEL UCU branch committee continues to have grave concerns about the following aspects of the scheme:

– the retention of an overall ranking;
– the limitations on the evidence to be accepted in the appeal process;
and
– the way the scheme might be used by managers;

we urge members to attend the joint union meeting on Tuesday 28 April and the UCU branch meeting on 30 April to discuss the implications of these proposals and our collective response before casting their votes in the ballot by 8 May.

ADVANCE NOTICE:
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
27 MAY 2015

The branch has recently lost some of its most active members as a result of restructurings and retirements, while demands have increased – both in supporting individual members and in negotiations with management; we need a full and active committee of officers, and representatives in each School; workload time is allocated for officer posts, and may also be available for School reps who take on individual casework on behalf of members in other Schools.

We have to elect or confirm the appointment of new officers and reps at the agm on 27 May; we urge all members to consider standing for officer positions (chair, vice-chair, secretary, assistant secretary, membership secretary, equalities officer, health and safety officer, and anti-casualisation officer) or as School reps, and to put their names forward before or at the agm, in order to strengthen the branch, and our ability to both defend the interests of individual academic staff, and protect the role of academic staff in the University.