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Please support your colleagues at Glasgow

Dear all

Acting in good faith, two UCU members, along with many others from UCU across the UK, used the template message sent out by our General Secretary, Sally Hunt. This was to communicate with their students the reasons for their absence on one-day strike and the overall context of the industrial action. For this they were taken directly to a disciplinary investigation.  This has resulted in informal disciplinary action which is critical of UCU and our members. UCU is very clear that we want to defend the right of our members working in education to communicate with their students about issues that are important to them. The right to join a union is a fundamental human right, as enshrined in Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights, a right which also extends to the right not to be penalised for taking lawful industrial action.

A general meeting of UCUG members passed the below motion in support of the two members at Glasgow. You can support them by signing the petition at:  https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/victimisation-of-ucu-members-at-university-of-glasgow

“UCU expresses solidarity with colleagues  who have been subjected to disciplinary procedures as a direct consequence of using the template message sent out to members by the General Secretary of UCU: Sally Hunt to explain to their students the reasons for their absence on one day strike. An informal investigation has found against these members, judging that they acted improperly. This meeting condemns the use of disciplinary procedures in this context. UCU members acting in good faith on the advice of the general secretary of their union in the context of industrial action should not be targeted as individuals. This meeting also petitions the Vice Chancellor of the University of Glasgow to rescind the reported conclusions of the disciplinary investigation. “

All best wishes

Claire Johnston
Branch Development Organiser
UCU Scotland

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