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UCU asks all staff to contact MSPs about casualisation in post -16 education sector – please help

Ask your MSP to sign Katy Clark MSP has submitted a motion on casualisation in higher education and FE in the Scottish Parliament.  The motion, which references the current UCU disputes and strike action, has been signed by Labour, SNP and Green … Continue reading

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UCU@GCU to be reballoted about possible strike action and ASOS in favour of better wages and conditions

A meeting of the UCU Higher Education Committee has decided that all branches of UCU are to be reballoted for future possible industrial action around their wages and conditions campaign. This would allow the renewal of a mandate for strike … Continue reading

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Re-imagining a university….

Imagine…… a real University for the Common Good Have you ever imagined……. what would happen if GCU could be re-made, and re-imagined, run and resourced in a manner that was based on the vision, outlook and understanding of its staff … Continue reading

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Workload a key issue at GCU says UCU

The recent AGM of the UCU discussed its work in the coming year, as the university moves to more on-campus delivery. Towering above the other issues was the need for university action on workload. Despite amazing efforts by all staff throughout … Continue reading

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Well, that’s the second week of this phase of industrial action over!

One of the strongest pickets yet saw a colourful and noisy celebration of our demands in front of the main gate today. We also got tremendous support from passing cars, lorries, Fire Engines, and even a police car, thanks to … Continue reading

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Spirits high on day three of our Industrial Action

The local Public Service Union PCS were a welcome addition to today’s picket line with Lindsay Morgan and Magnus Hughson bringing along their local banner. And from early on we also had the welcome support from the newly formed Student … Continue reading

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UCU still strong on day seven

The last three days since our previous post have been full of activity. With appearances of MSPs and MPs from Labour and SNP, our General Secretary Jo Grady, marches with Strathclyde UCU and finally our noisy presence at the fantastic … Continue reading

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And it’s goodnight from them….

Once again thanks to the Communications Workers Union, no mail delivered. Today this was joined by a helpful driver from Initial services…. Unfortunate to note however  that the suppliers for Baxter Storey the caterers were somewhat less sympathetic. That’s a … Continue reading

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Second day of action, and still going strong

Whistles, pooches and leaflets and stickers for graduates plus an alternative University Mission statement all made their appearance on today’s picket line. Together with some great solidarity photos from our GCU students at GCU London and some twitter activity towards … Continue reading

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GCU students discuss strike action with UCU

A packed meeting of GCU Student Voice discussed the impact of the current strike action on the evening of the first day with Douglas Chalmers, VP of the UCU locally and President of the UCU at UK level. Douglas outlined … Continue reading

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