1) Emergency Online General Meeting, Monday, 1st March 2021
Thanks to Bristol UCU members who attended Monday’s Teams meeting.
A brief workload update started the meeting. Members are now hopefully aware of the University’s workload reduction announcement:
Members also discussed:
- whether to seek concrete guarantees before any potential return to blended learning after Easter;
- whether to update the terms of the ‘at least’ TB1 dispute [link];
- whether to consider other courses of action post the Failure to Agree
Bristol UCU members will now be consulted via a branch e-consultation to determine the branch position.
2) Long COVID
The branch is looking to hear from members who are experiencing long COVID and its debilitating symptoms [link].
Branch reps have been advocating for a University-wide approach to staff members suffering the continuing effects of COVID, for example, as it relates to working arrangements, workplace adjustments and ill-health-related leave.
If you would like to share your experience, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Anti-Casualisation and Bristol Anti-Precarity Network (BAPN)
Casualised (and non-casualised) Bristol UCU members are invited – and this is a standing invitation – to join our Bristol Anti-Precarity Network and Bristol UCU’s campaign to hold the University to its stated anti-casualisation intent:
We would also like to hear from members regarding any ‘dodgy job’ ads. UCU reps recently highlighted a job ad, for example, where the rate of pay fell way below the going rate, and saw a pay uplift as a result.
Pressing anti-casualisation issues include:
- A review of the Temporary Staff Service (TSS)
- The implementation of a Graduate Teaching Scheme for postgraduates who teach
- the granting of Honorary Status to PW2 researchers after the end of their project and contract as institutional default
- Securing and extending employment for PW3 teaching staff after this academic year. Last year, the need and demand for teaching staff held up, yet PW3 staff had a miserable summer of unnecessary uncertainly, time that they could have spent planning ‘the 2020/21 student experience’. Let’s make sure it doesn’t happen again in 2021