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Reporting Action Short Of a Strike

Published: 29th April, 2021

To use our quick, easy and lawful reporting mechanism, click here. Reporting ASOS to your employer Have you recently read an email from the VC about how, why, and when to report your observance of Action Short of A Strike (ASOS)? Confused? Us too. As it stands, the reporting mechanism suggested by the VC appears…

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VC’s email – with feedback

Published: 29th April, 2021

On 28 April, the Vice-Chancellor wrote to all employees of the University. His message is below, with our commentary.

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Pay deductions, ASOS and what it means to negotiate

Published: 28th April, 2021

Email sent to all members of Leicester UCU, 28 April 2021. On 26 April, we received a letter from Deputy Vice-Chancellor Edmund Burke outlining the Executive Board’s provisional approach to deducting pay from UCU members undertaking Action Short of a Strike (ASOS), due to commence on 4 May. His letter expresses disappointment that we did…

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Leicester UCU in 2 – April 23

Published: 23rd April, 2021

Listen to our Communications Officer-elect Cara Dobbing, delivering her inaugural Leicester UCU in 2.

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Farewell to our Chair

Published: 19th April, 2021

The Leicester UCU expresses deep appreciation for the compassionate and powerful work Dr Sarah Seaton has done as branch Chair in the last three years. Here is her final Chair’s report from the 2021 Annual General Meeting, which offers inspirational and supportive words for all our members during these challenging times at the University of…

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‘An insulting slap in the face’: ITV Central – 31 March

Published: 2nd April, 2021

ITV Central reported on what’s happening at our University on their 6 o’clock news programme on Wednesday 31 March. Their report includes interviews with Professor Simon Lilley, one of our professorial reps (at risk of redundancy from the School of Business) and with Dr Deborah Toner, our Campaigns and Social Media officer. University leaders “declined…

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Long-term liabilities at the University of Leicester

Published: 2nd April, 2021

We have claimed that the University of Leicester is ‘on the verge of bankruptcy’. This claim is based on our reading of the 2019/20 financial statements, that were published (several weeks later than usual) in early March, and on other publicly-available financial information, e.g. University executives’ decision to increase short-term borrowing from the Bank of…

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Shaping for a Strike

Published: 1st April, 2021

Materials sent in printed form to all members of Leicester UCU eligible to vote, 30 March 2021. Executives plead COVID-related delays for failing to publish their strategic vision for the University. But COVID has not caused any delays in planning to make 145 people redundant and separate them from their livelihoods. If implemented, these badly…

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On the likelihood of being made redundant from the School of Business

Published: 23rd March, 2021

Statistical modelling shows no evidence to support the claim that redundancies in the School of Business are about disinvesting from political economy and Critical Management Studies. By far the most statistically significant factor is union activism. An underperforming Economics, Finance & Accounting professor who researches in political economy has a 5% chance of redundancy if…

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Libary User Services – Counter Proposal

Published: 19th March, 2021

Colleagues at risk of redundancy have been encouraged to offer counter proposals to the business cases against them. In several of the eight targeted units and departments, at-risk staff have done just that, spending many hours. Here is the Counter Proposal created by our colleagues in the library. It’s a redacted version, in which direct…

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