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Welcome to Aston UCU

The UCU is the largest trade union and professional association for academics, lecturers, trainers, researchers and academic-related staff working in further and higher education throughout the UK. If you are not already a member, Please join the UCU here because it does not cost much and is the only way to protect jobs and services.

Note: You can now join the UCU by telephone if you prefer. Call the membership team on 020 7756 2567.

Open meeting on Stress & Bullying at Work

Keith Munday, Council representative for H&S, has accepted an invitation to give a brief summary of his Tim Field Memorial Lecture presentation followed by a dialogue with those present that could be linked to the related Aston staff survey results and our action plans to address any concerns.

Thursday, 12th November, in MB603.

Trades Unions rights under attack

For obvious reasons, the Conservative government is trying to make it harder for employees to take industrial action. It wants, amongst other things:

* higher thresholds for union ballots than for other organisations or for politicians' elections

* ridiculous periods of notice prior to any action

* restrictions on time off for trade union activity, most of which is done voluntarily and in addition to representatives' existing work in any case.

* obstacles making it harder to collect subscriptions

New threat to jobs at Aston

Aston UCU is outraged that ABS appears to have initiated a `rank and yank' policy. All members of academic staff have been invited to attend a meeting with the Dean or Deputy Dean, and in some of these meetings they are being asked to consider leaving.

ABS has deemed them as under-performing, but none of the cases we have dealt with so far have been staff who have had performance management meetings. This means the evidence that ABS is claiming about their under-performance has not been subjected to scrutiny nor have they had the opportunity to defend themselves against the accusations.

Protest picnic

On Thursday, July 2nd there will be a "Protest Picnic" against the redundancies at the Chancellor's Lake between 1 and 2pm. If it rains, we will debark to G63 but either way, please come along and show how hard we will fight these attacks on jobs and services. Progress has already been made and it is imperative we keep up the momentum.