ZERO COVID

  • A Zero Covid strategy is an alternative to the chaotic policy of “living with the virus”, with its on-off lockdowns, needless deaths and illnesses, failed, privatised services, and damage to livelihoods.
  • This requires a lockdown until cases are low enough for a publicly run Test, Trace and Support system to locate the remaining cases.
  • Making a lockdown effective requires financial support and resources to empower collective discipline and social solidarity rather than crude police enforcement.
  • Only workplaces with Covid Safe certification should be allowed to open until it is safe for restrictions to be lifted. Until cases are low enough, all non-essential workers should be supported to stay at home.
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UCU Congress Climate Motion 2021

Conference recognises that a zero-carbon economy has huge implications for the jobs of UCU members. Job creation and measures needed to meet climate targets must be a central focus for UCU strategy. We call upon the NEC to:

  1. Support the COP26 coalition. Mobilise for Glasgow and G7 events by supporting branches climate solidarity action with students, unions, and campaign organisations
  2. Review UCU activity and infrastructure and draw up a plan for the elimination of greenhouse gas emissions with a progress report to the 2022 conference
  3. Review all UCU training programmes and Branch guidance to ensure that the appointment of Green Reps and Green New Deal (GND) bargaining is referenced.
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The foreign and defence review

This branch condemns the government’s preposterous and wasteful ‘Indo-Pacific’ defence strategy which involves increased expenditure on  nuclear warheads. We call on UCU to campaign for more rational expenditure on such areas as combating climate change, an internationally just distribution of anti-pandemic measures and increased UK foreign aid.

GP Practices: Privatisation by Stealth

This branch is appalled that privatisation is already hitting our GP surgeries without any consultation. We note Prof. Allyson Pollock’s recent warning that 49 GP surgeries would suddenly be under the control of  “Integrated Care Systems” (ICSs) run by an American health insurance corporation called Centene (In Islington, Hanley Rd. And Mitchison Rd. GPs)
The aim of these ICSs is both to centralise and to save spending (especially on “frail, vulnerable” and elderly patients), de-skill professional health jobs,cut staff training, conditions and contracts
ICSs mean a major re-organisation of the NHS into 42 regions, under cover of the Covid pandemic. It will rid our government of  the local CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) – made up largely of  medically-qualified locals.… Read on ...

UN Anti Racism Day

Fighting Racism, Islamophobia, Antisemitism & Fascism – Organised by Stand Up To Racism & The TUC
About this Event

1PM: #TakeTheKnee wherever you are

1-2PM: Live link with actions around the world

5PM: Major Online Rally

Speakers Include: •• Diane Abbott MP •• Afzal Khan MP •• Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP •• Richard Burgon MP •• Peter Hain, Labour Peer •• Christine Buchholz, Member of German Bundestag •• Kevin Courtney, NEU Joint General Secretary •• Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary •• Roger Mckenzie, UNISON Assistant General Secretary •• Mavuso Misimang, former ANC underground leader •• Halima Begum, Runnymede Trust Chief Executive •• Dr Peng Wang, University lecturer subjected to racist attack in Southampton •• Jacqueline Mckenzie, Windrush Justice Project •• All Black LIves UK •• David Rosenberg, Jewish Socialists’ Group •• Shahrar Ali, Green Party Home Affairs Spokesperson •• Plus Sabby Dhalu & Weyman Bennett, Stand Up To Racism

Professor David Miller

The University of Bristol has come under huge pressure to sack one of its senior academics, Professor David Miller. Allegations have been made about the content of a lecture he delivered in 2019 and subsequent statements. His accusers at the university have been supported by external bodies alleging that his teaching, research and public statements are antisemitic.

The following motion was passed by the UCU Branch at Leeds Beckett University

Leeds Beckett UCU wishes to extend its solidarity to Professor David Miller of Bristol University. While criticisms of Israel can take an anti-Semitic form, there is no evidence to suggest that Professor Miller’s comments strayed into this territory.

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Stan Newens 1930-2021

We regret to announce that our friend and comrade, Stan Newens, has passed away.
Here is an appreciation of Stan written by his friend Jeremy Corbyn:

Stan Newens – Lifelong campaigner for internationalism and justice
It is so sad to hear of the death of Stan Newens, former MP, MEP, and lifelong campaigner for internationalism, justice, and the people of his former constituencies of Epping, Harlow, and then Central London (MEP).
I first met Stan in 1970 when he was campaigning for Labour in Shropshire, and I got to know him very well as one of the leading lights of the London Cooperative society, then as Chair of Liberation, and much later as the Member of the European Parliament for Central London, which included Islington North.… Read on ...

VICTORY! IN-HOUSE OF CLEANERS AT UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

All cleaners on the University of London contract have been brought in-house, following a relentless campaign that led to the in-sourcing of their reception-based colleagues and security officers earlier this year.

Please share and spread the good news: https://twitter.com/boycottUoL/status/1323259541706985472

The In-House brings back an equality that has been long denied to outsourced workers. This transfer also means important material gains: enhanced annual leave, pay raise, dignified pensions, enhanced parental leave. Rights you should have never been denied to outsourced workers
This Victory is a major vindication of the outsourced workers’ strategy of combining strikes with a national boycott of the university’s events.
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A message from UEL UCU requesting support

UEL set to make the only compulsory redundancies in London higher education institutions

Dear friends and colleagues

We are writing to tell you about the dispute at the University of East London over restructuring and cuts that are happening now and proposed for the future. We ask for your support in resisting the changes that are currently being forced through at UEL.

These are the changes we are facing:

  • UEL is the only London university making compulsory redundancies
  • UEL put 441 staff at risk of redundancy, and lost 100 staff with Voluntary Severance
  • union victimisation – the 11 compulsory redundancies include 4 UCU activists, including the Chair and V/Chair
  • unnecessary job losses have left staff with unsustainable workloads
  • cuts have damaged world-class programmes and research & the university’s capacity to carry out its basic functions.
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French unions lead mourning of assassinated teacher Samuel Paty

Statement from Education International:

In gatherings all over France, tribute was paid to Samuel Paty, 47, a history, and geography teacher who was the victim of a terrorist attack near his school, Conflans-Sainte-Honorine in the Paris suburbs. Paty was decapitated following an Internet campaign against the use in his class of a caricature of Mohammed. The apparent murderer, a man of 18 years of age, was killed in a confrontation with police.

Paty had used the same caricature in his courses on freedom of expression in previous years without incident. It was one of the images published by “Charlie Hebdo”, a satiric magazine.… Read on ...