News: Nottingham Trent University management de-recognise UCU
Dear UCLUCU Member,
Attached below is a copy of the message of support sent by UCLUCU
Exec Committee to Nottingham Trent University (NTU) UCU branch colleagues
following the decision by NTU management to de-recognise UCU.
See Appendix 1 below for a report by national UCU Campaigns team
including advice on action by members and a link to the NTU UCU
MESSAGE OF SUPPORT FROM UCLUCU COMMITTEE:
We are appalled at the decision by Nottingham Trent University
(NTU) management to de-recognise the UCU, the union for college
lecturers, researchers and academic related staff. Instead of being
treated as members of a democratic union, staff are being told to
participate in a "consultative forum" under management
control - the type of "trade union" favoured by dictatorships
the world over.
We do not doubt that the attack on UCU is simultaneously an attack
on the principle of an effective and independent voice for staff,
and thus their academic freedom, in addition to being a harbinger
of future cuts in jobs and terms and conditions.
We believe, therefore, that NTU presents a prima facie case for
greylisting, which we urge UCU to investigate with all speed. We
pledge our utmost support for NTU UCU and call on NTU management
to step back from the abyss and reverse this clumsy and damaging
UCL UCU Executive Committee
*UCU derecognised at Nottingham Trent University*
Nottingham Trent University has formally terminated recognition
of UCU in a direct attack on independent trade unionism on the campus.
The university has been attempting to rewrite the recognition
agreement for months, proposing a set of radically inferior arrangements
that would see the campus unions marginalized in favour of a 'consultation
and information forum' that would include non-union representation,
while facility time for reps would be cut by a staggering 80%.
UCU has attempted to negotiate with the university but managers
have refused to move one inch from these proposals and on Friday,
they formally terminated the recognition agreement with three months
notice, a full six months less than is stipulated in the agreement!
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Support your colleagues at Nottingham Trent. This is an
attack not just on UCU members at Nottingham Trent, but on all UCU
members everywhere. The managers of every university and every college
in the country will be watching.
Members' solidarity has already helped to erode management intransigence
at another university recently. We need your help again now. Please
take a couple of minutes to sign the branch's online petition below:
"We the undersigned request that the governors of Nottingham
Trent University use their good offices to ensure that the existing
Recognition & Procedures Agreement is honoured until such
time as a new agreement is negotiated with Nottingham Trent University
UCU in good faith."
*SIGN NOW* by clicking here: http://www.ucu.org.uk/unionattack
*Please pass this email on to your colleagues and ask them
Please also send the branch messages of support. Email your message
now and we will forward them on.