1) Why I joined the Union – Tracey Hooper Writes
Our immediate Past President Tracey Hooper is retiring after many years of service to UCU, to campus unions and to the University.
As part of her ‘retirement tour’, Tracey has written about why she joined ‘the Union’:
Tracey started at Bristol in 1984 as a secretary and became branch secretary of NALGO in the early 90’s. Her final role, before moving to UCU, was Head of Administration for Information Services. Tracey has played a key role in improving terms and conditions across this institution.
On the 2018 pension strikes:
There is much that still needs to be done on workloads, on job security, on the fair payment of part-time staff, on defending our pensions. It is true to say, though, without Tracey’s sterling work – our University of Bristol shadow HR eminence grise – the University would be an unfairer, poorer workplace. Those university workers and union members – whose working life she has improved, in pocket, in workplace dignity and in job security – are her testament:
Tracey will be much missed, but we wish her all the best in her retirement.
For the full blog post, click on the link below:
2) What kind of (Professional Services) term has it been?
Paul Ayres, Branch Vice President 2020-21, looks back at the events of Professional Services term, highlights the key issues that you have been raising, and looks ahead to what needs to happen next: