Author: James Margeson

UCU Interview: “the University’s reputation is being damaged by this ridiculous approach”

After a dispute over terms and conditions for nearly 3000 staff hits the local headlines, UCU says “we cannot accept this change in industrial relations.” University of Liverpool management has come under heavy fire from unions after issuing notice for dismissal (section 188) to 2803 staff on campus. The University says it does not want to reduce the number of staff or make redundancies, but the issuing of section 188 means staff may have no choice to accept new terms and conditions if formal consultation with unions does not reach an agreement. The University says this is only a...

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Management accused of putting “gun to the head” of staff

2,803 University of Liverpool staff contracts are threatened with termination in an effort to force new terms and conditions say unions “We cannot rule out industrial action” – UCU According to staff unions the University of Liverpool is putting measures in place to terminate the contracts of 2803 staff. These workers would then be re-hired onto new contracts, bypassing negotiations with staff unions. The move affects staff on ‘Academic-Related’ contracts, including clerical staff, librarians and computer staff. The University denies it aims to make any staff redundant, and insists it is attempting to standardise terms and conditions across the...

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Striking museum workers form human chain

“People take it for granted that we’re here but they’ll notice when we’re gone” Pictures courtesy of Matthew Black On Friday around 40 members and supporters of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) formed a human chain across the front of the Museum of Liverpool today as part of a national “long weekend of action.” Museum workers walked out at 1.30pm on Friday, and were on strike for 24 hours. Supporters of the action included Unite, the BECTU union, the Musicians Union & Lost Arts campaign, Disabled People Against Cuts, Equity, Merseyside Trade’s Union Congress and Liverpool Trades Council. City...

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Chasing shadows: opposing the Tory agenda on unemployment, benefits and the economy

Attacks on the welfare state are nothing new, but to resist them we must go beyond “anti-cuts” alliances The conservative press has always resented the word “unemployment.” As a rule, they use it as little as possible. Rather, they prefer to see those out of work as morally deficient. Scurrilous shirkers, we are told, need only pull themselves up by their boot straps, get on their bikes and work is there for the taking. This obsession with the morality of worklessness is nothing new. Take this 1928 article by George Orwell: “… there is a ridiculous story in the...

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Controversy over NUS Chief Executive appointment

NUS President Liam Burns says appointment  ensures “we are well placed for the strategic challenges that lie ahead.” Trustee Ed Bauer brands Ben Kernighan a “bureaucrat” and condemns 16.4% pay rise On Wednesday National Union of Students (NUS) President Liam Burns announced Ben Kernighan as the union’s next Group Chief Executive, leaving his current role as deputy chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). In an NUS press release Kernighan said he is “delighted and excited to be appointed. “NUS has a very important role to play in helping the everyday lives of students, supporting students’...

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