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Getting the vote out at HWUCU

UCU has teamed up with James Richards, Vice President of HWUCU, to launch a new short video guide on how to get the ballot vote out across local branches (GVTO).

Watch the video at https://youtu.be/RNYlsIxiuhI

General Meeting – 28th November

Local Members’ Meeting on 28th November, 12.00 to 14.00
Post Graduate Centre 304

Murdo Matheson, Policy & Communications Officer for UCU Scotland, will speak on Trade Union representation and the new Governance statues.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at this meeting. Please feel free to bring any colleague who may be interested.

HWUCU Branch Committee

UCU Scotland Health and Safety Reps 1 Training

Registration for Health and Safety Reps 1 – Induction course

The course will run 27-29 November in Aberdeen.  Further information and online registration is available at:  https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/7813/HS-1-Induction-Health–safety-reps-role-and-functions-27-29-November-2018-Aberdeen

Local General Meeting on the Report of the Joint Expert Panel USS

The Branch Committee has arranged a General Meeting to discuss the recently published first report of the Joint Expert Panel (JEP) on USS. The speakers will be:

Dr Catherine Donnelly, FIA – Associate Professor HWU and member of the JEP.

Dr Carlo Morelli – Senior Lecturer Dundee University, member of NEC and UCU rep on the USS JNC.

Date: Thursday 27th September 2018

Venue: Chaplaincy

Time: 10.00-12.00

It would help us immensely with space management if you could signify your intent to attend, please email: G.S.Bruce@hw.ac.uk

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at this meeting. Please feel free to bring any colleague who may be affected / interested.

HWUCU Branch Committee

Training opportunities

UCU Reps 1 Training Course
Glasgow, 3-5 September 2018

All new reps, and existing reps who would benefit from a refresher, are encouraged to sign up for this 3 day course.Further information and registration available at:
https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/8838/Rep-1-UCU-reps-induction-3-5-September-2018-Glasgow

Health and Safety Reps
Glasgow, 20-22 August 2018

Health and safety is a priority of the UCU Scotland Executive Committee. Further information and registration for this training course is available at:
https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/7813/HS-1-Induction-Health–safety-reps-role-and-functions-20-22-August-2018-Glasgow

Branch BBQ June 28th – Chaplaincy

The Branch is holding a BBQ on June 28th, 12.45 to 7pm at the Chaplaincy, to celebrate the amazing show of solidarity during the USS strikes. The BBQ is open to members, their families and all those who showed their solidarity and support. There should be 2 servings of food so come along when you can.

  • Music definitely, sunshine maybe, solidarity always.
  • We’ll bring the BBQ food – meat, vegetarian and vegan.
  • Bring yourself, bring a banner and BYOB.
  • Children and dogs (on leads) welcome.

Please encourage anyone who is interested in the union to come along and meet us all. A poster is available if you would like to print one for your department/building.

 We are looking for a few volunteers to help with:

  • Set up at 12 noon.
  • Clean up from 7 to 8pm.
  • Cooking throughout the day.
  • Anyone who would like to bring a salad /side dish or make up a playlist.

Please contact Sarah Joss, Branch Membership Officer, if you are able to help.

Hope to see you all there!

HWUCU Committee

Save the date – HWUCU AGM 2018

The HWUCU AGM will be held on Wednesday 16th May 2018 at 12.00 in the Chaplaincy Centre.

HWUCU Hardship Fund

In support of industrial action, the Officers of HWUCU have the discretion to agree that compensatory payments can be made from a local Hardship Fund to those members who have had pay deducted as a result of the member’s participation in industrial action.

As the UCU national Fighting Fund does not provide cover for all days of a dispute, a local Hardship Fund has been established to provide support for this period. As per the national Fighting Fund, the maximum daily claim limit is capped at £50.

The union endeavors to give priority of payment to members most in need (e.g. lower paid or casual staff, members on insecure contracts etc.)

HWUCU Hardship Fund guidance notes

HWUCU Hardship Fund application form

If  you would like to make a donation, or share with those who can, the details are:
The Bank: Unity Trust Bank
Account name: UCU – Heriot-Watt University LA 023 Hardship Fund
Sort Code: 60-83-01
Account No. 20391168

Strike for USS

Why we’re taking action over USS

Frequently asked questions

Vote now to save USS – Ballot closes Friday 19 January.

UCU is currently balloting its members for industrial action over changes proposed by UUK to slash USS members’ retirement income. The ballot closes on Friday 19 January and the union is urging any members who have not yet voted to cast their vote immediately.

Further information can be found at https://www.ucu.org.uk/uss

Vote now to save USS

Please vote now to save your pension. https://www.ucu.org.uk/strikeforuss

Posted by UCU – University and College Union on Monday, 4 December 2017