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LJMU Branch AGM 2014 – Election Results

At the branch AGM held on 21/05/14, a set of branch officers were elected for the coming year.

On behalf of the branch officers and branch committee, I would like to thank all those outgoing branch committee members who did not stand for re-election for their efforts on behalf of the branch and UCU members at LJMU. In particular thanks are due to Chris McMahon, outgoing branch chair, for his contribution and hard work over the years.

Branch Officers/Branch Committee members for 2014-15 were elected as follows:

Chair: David Lamb (Computing and Mathematical Sciences)
Secretary: Jim Hollinshead (Humanities and Social Sciences)
Deputy Secretary (x2): Alex Pimor (Law)
Vice Chairs (x2): Tricia MacKinnon-Day (Art and Design), Paul Kenny (Built Environment)
Treasurer: Sam Davies (Humanities and Social Sciences)
Senior Health and Safety Officer: Alastair Balchin (Business School)
Equality Officer: Julia Bradshaw (Law)
Disability Officer: Brigitte Hordern (Business School)
Website and E-communications Officer: Jamie Finlay (Engineering)
Fixed-term/Sessional/Probationary members Officer: Will Jackson (Humanities and Social Sciences)
Pensions Officer (x2): Chris McMahon (Business School), Paul Kenny (Built Environment)

As newly elected National Executive Committee member representing women members, Saira Weiner (Education, Community and Leisure), will attend Branch Committee meetings Ex Officio

There having been no nominations for them by the closing date, this leaves the following positions vacant:

Deputy Secretary (x1)
Membership/Recruitment Officer
Minutes Secretary

Nominations for these positions will be reopened. Nominations should be sent to me, accompanied by the written consent of the nominee, supported by the signatures of the proposing and seconding branch members and must be received no later than the closing date of June 13th. Nominees may submit an election address of no more than 150 words. Where/if more than one nomination is received for any position, a ballot will be organised.

If you would like to discuss the role/commitment of time etc. associated with these posts, please get in touch.

EU Workers Strike and Protest against Austerity

Massive anti-austerity strikes and protests swept across Europe as millions took to the streets to express their frustration over rising unemployment and dire economic prospects. Many rallies ended with violent clashes with police.

Workers marched in 23 countries across Europe to mark the European Day of Action and Solidarity.

General strikes had been called in Spain and Portugal, paralyzing public services and international flights, in Belgium and France transport links were partially disrupted by strikes and demonstrations, in Italy and Greece thousands of workers and students marched through the streets.

Other EU countries, such as Germany, Austria and Poland, saw well attended union-led rallies.

The Europe-wide strike action, the largest in a series of protests against the austerity policies, was coordinated by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and promoted on Twitter under the “#14N” hashtag

(Quote from Russia Today online)

Further details about the UK’s TUC action in support:

The TUC’s Brendan Barber on November 30th


Yesterday the Sun asked the TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber to write 200 words setting out the case for the day of action. They are not in today’s paper. We have been asked to reproduce them here:

This government cancelled the tax on bankers’ bonuses. Instead it has brought in a nurses’, teachers’ and lollipop ladies’ tax.

This is what the increase in pension contributions – around £1,000 a year for a nurse – really means. It is not paying for pensions but going straight to the Treasury to fill the hole left by the bonus tax.

It takes a lot to get Brits to strike. Yet the government has driven millions of its own staff to stop work, including unions that have never gone on strike before such as head-teachers. They are not stupid or manipulated by union leaders, but ordinary decent people doing important jobs taking a stand as a last resort.

We know the strike will cause difficulties today, and we regret that. But it’s proved to be the only language the government understands.

I’ve been leading talks with ministers for months. But they were going nowhere. It’s only when we called a day of action that government started to move. Ministers should listen carefully today to their staff, and get stuck into trying to reach the fair negotiated settlement that unions want.

UNISON members also vote for 30th Nov strike

As expected, UNISON members have also voted to strike on the TUC’s National Day of Action to defend pensions – 30th November 2011. Further details on local arrangements at LJMU will be posted in due course.

Strike Action – 30th June

The UCU, along with several other public sector unions announced a day of industrial action for Thursday 30th June 2011. This affected UCU members working at an institution where TPS is the predominant lecturers’ pension scheme, including LJMU.

UCU members joined strike action with members from the NUT, ATL, and PCS over the ideological attacks on TPS and other public sector pensions. Ministers are insisting that the cuts are a necessary “affordability” measure, while we argue that:
a) the proposed alterations are above and beyond those already implemented for pension affordability.
b) they are ideologically motivated, and as part of an attack on the public sector as a whole, aim to destroy public sector pensions in the same way that employers’ pension contribution “holidays” of the 80s and 90s destroyed private sector pension value.
c) the government are not prepared to engage in meaningful negotiations about the scale and depth of these pension cuts.

The PCS organised march convened at 1130 on William Brown Street, and set off at around noon, marching via Whitechapel, Queen Square Bus Station, Lime St, then along Renshaw St and Berry St to the Black-E Arts Centre on Great George Street in Chinatown.

The march was very well attended by members of all striking unions, and we were joined by marchers carrying flags and banners for RMT, UCATT, and NASUWT. The route was lined with members of the public showing their support.

We’d like to thank all members who took industrial action, all those who were able to join us on the march, PCS Liverpool for organising / marshalling the march, Merseyside Police for providing traffic/police support, and the public for their warm support along the route.

Marching along Whitechapel in Liverpool

Marching up towards Lime St, Liverpool

Branch AGM

Our local branch AGM is happening today at 12 noon, in the Cherie Booth Lecture Theatre. This is on the Byrom St campus.

Significant items on the agenda include:
-Officer election
-Guest speaker: Martyn Moss (UCU regional officer)
-Guest speaker: Roger Brooks (UCU NEC member, Liv Uni)
-Current LJMU issues, including the branch’s concerns on:
1) The current Workload Allocation Model and its shortfalls.
2) Assessing and addressing Health and Safety risks.
-Discussion of IM Marsh closure and its impact on the staff there

All members welcome!

(You can read more about the Branch AGM here)

Strike Action Today

Our branch, along with the national UCU, is taking a day of strike action today, the 24th March.
To learn more about the reasons for us striking, click here

We will be picketing our sites between 8am and 12 noon today before heading up to the rally at the University of Liverpool, starting in University Square. Please support our pickets today!

Details on the local strike can be found here

TUC’s March for the Alternative – Sat 26th March – London

The UCU are encouraging members to take part in the TUC’s “March for the Alternative” on Saturday 26th March in London.

More details are available at: