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MOTIONS carried at AGM on Wed, 8 May 2019

Motion One: QM UCU local subs

The QM UCU Branch notes the increased organisational requirements for the branch to manage at a time of increased casework and rapid changes in our work environment and conditions.

This will require increasing the time of the branch administrator/organiser from 9h per week.

The current Branch administrator/organiser salary costs are recovered from the local subscription fee of £1.50 levied on all members.

The QM UCU branch resolves to change monthly Local Subscription fees from a £1.50 flat rate by introducing a staggered increase as stated below.

These are based on QM salary grades

£60,000 +                    £3.00 per month   

£40000-60000             £2.50 per month

£20000-40000             £2.00 per month

Under £20000             £1.50 per month (no change) 

Motion Two: Boycott in support of outsourced workers at the central University of London 

Background: This branch notes that outsourced workers at the central University of London* have been campaigning since September 2017 to end outsourcing and be made direct employees of the university. This campaign has the support of the vast majority of the outsourced workers at the University of London demonstrated by the fact that in April 2018 they held the largest outsourced workers' strike in the history of UK higher education. 

Rather than engage with the workers, the university has opted for strong arm tactics to try and break their campaign, employing dozens of strike breakers and extra security, at a significant cost.

See full background here: https://cdn.iwgb.org.uk/bucket/UoL/boycottmotion.pdf 

This branch therefore resolves to:

1.Organise a boycott of University of London central administration (including Senate House, Stewart House, the Warburg, the Institute of Historical Research, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and Student Central) until the outsourced workers' demands are met and they are brought in- house. The boycott will require members to not organise or attend events at these buildings.

2. Inform members of the boycott and the reasons behind the boycott.

3. Support a motion to this effect being brought to the next UCU conference.

Emergency Motion:  QM UCU to fight racism at QMUL

The QM UCU Branch notes the increased incidence of complaints about racism by our members in QMUL. 

The branch also notes: 

1.    The report: Queen-Mary-Gender-and-BAME-Pay-Gap-Report-2019

2.    The branch also notes the open letter from London Regional Equality Rep via  London Region UCU to Russell Group Vice-chancellors (sent  on Tue 7th May)

Several of these complaints are likely to go further and reach Employment Tribunal offering an opportunity to bring about meaningful change to the working conditions for all our members. 

In light of the recent resignation of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager – citing institutional racism at QMUL, the string of resignations from women and black, Asian and ethnic minority colleagues, plus all of the recent summary dismissals and ill treatment of our comrades at QMUL, taking more cases to Employment Tribunals would be a catalyst for change at QMUL  and beyond. 

We Are the Union. The change needs to emanate from us - more so in a university with over 60% BAME population. 

The QM UCU branch resolves to:

  1. Develop a branch campaign against institutional racism at QMUL.
  2. Setup a working party to establish a voluntary fund to support members who are seeking legal action against QMUL on the grounds of racism. 
  3. Call on UCU HQ to proactively support all members involved in such legal cases.

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Last updated May 8, 2019