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28th Jan: Branch Meeting – Future Action Motions and Q&A with UCU Scotland President

Dear Members,

Please save the date and time – next week – Tuesday 28th Jan 12:00-14:00 in General Seminar Room 1.

There will be soup and sandwiches provided.

In attendance will be Carlo Morelli – the UCU Scotland President who will lay out the case for the upcoming 14 days of action.

It will also allow us to discuss two motions here at GSA: One which calls for formal consultation of the HEC and Branches, prior to the call for industrial action, and one to continue the action as is.

Motion 1: Motion on Future Industrial Action

This branch acknowledges the need to fight back against increasing casualisation, damaging workloads, antiquated gender and race pay gaps and a decade long erosion of our pay.

This branch notes the decision from HEC to coordinate ballot distribution and strike days for the Four Fights and USS disputes.  This strategy allowed for UCU’s most successful ballot turnout results on pay ever and led to eight days of impactful strike action which is empowering our national negotiators.

This branch recognises the need to increase pressure at this point and that in order to win we have to move towards escalating our industrial strategy.

This branch supports this existing strategy towards our two ongoing disputes in HE, and believes that strike action in pursuit of the Four Fights should continue to escalate simultaneously with action over USS, beginning with the 14 days endorsed by HESC in December 2019,

Motion 2: Motion for Formal Consultation with Branches

This branch notes:

1. The Special HE Sector Conference on the USS dispute in December voted for 14 more days of action over USS in February and March and another round of ballots over USS in February to April.

2. There has been no equivalent opportunity for branches to have their say about further action in the pay and conditions dispute.

3. This especially risks disenfranchising branches, including post-92 branches, that have voted for industrial action in the pay and conditions dispute but are outside the USS dispute, when the HEC meets on 30th January to consider calling further action in both disputes.

This branch resolves:

a. To call on the HEC on 30th January to urgently arrange a formal consultation of all branches holding a mandate for industrial action in the pay and conditions dispute on how to take that dispute forward, if possible culminating in a national branch delegates meeting, before HEC makes a decision on this question at its next meeting.

b. The consultation should lay out at least two options, offering different degrees and timescales of escalation.

We highly advise you to attend to discuss.

Again, we are asking for members to become caseworkers.

If time allows there will be an update from the Trade Union Forum and the Scottish UCU Executive meeting.

Hope to see you all on Tuesday.