Giulio Regeni, 1988-2016
The UCU has been shocked by the violent death suffered by Giulio Regeni,
a Cambridge PhD student,
whilst he was carrying out research in Egypt. The Cambridge
branch of the UCU has joined with our National headquarters in sending a
letter to the Egyptian
Ambassador requesting an independent investigation into Mr Regeni's
death, and into other similar disappearances. The University has also
requested an investigation
into the circumstances of Mr Regeni's death.
The Ambassador responded to the UCU on 11th February by sending a copy
of a statement from the
Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Easter Term General Meeting, 12:30 Tuesday 14th June
The Local Association's Easter Term General Meeting will be at
12:30 on Tuesday 14th June in the
of the University Social Club. This is after the annual National
Congress, so there will be reports from Congress.
Strike Picnic, 12:30 Thursday 26th May
There will be a strike picnic on the grass by the Mill Pond at 12:30
(or in The Granta if it is too wet). All welcome. For further details,
see this event
Strike Rally, 12:30 Wednesday 25th May
There will also be a joint rally with Anglia Ruskin at
12:30 on Wednesday 25th May at the
Wesley Methodist Church
behind Christ's Pieces. Speakers include Liz Lawrence, the UCU's National
President. Please see our
site for further details.
Work to Contract, and Strike, 25th and 26th May
A two-day national strike in support of the UCU's pay claim. Compared
to the increase in RPI since 2009, our pay has fallen
behind by 14.5%. Also from 25th May UCU members should
work to contract (save on strike days!). Please see, and distribute, the
leaflet. (In Cambridge this action is against the University only,
not the Colleges.) Further details soon. Note that one should not
inform management in advance of one's intention to strike: there
is no legal requirement to do so, and the purpose of a strike is to
cause disruption, not to enable managers to plan around it. There is
no requirement to book sick leave in advance either, and management
is expected to provide cover for that. Please see our separate
site for further advice and FAQs.
Prevent Discussion, 14:00 Tuesday
10th May, Senate House
There will be a Discussion
on Tuesday 10th May at 2pm on the topic of "the impact of existing
measures taken in view of the Prevent regulations, as well as
anticipated and possible other measures; their likely effectiveness;
their compatibility with academic freedom and human rights; and the
appropriate governance of these measures." The Vice-Chancellor has invited
all employees of the University and its Colleges, in addition to
those usually qualified to attend.
Transcript now available.
National Pay Ballot Result
Strike Action: Yes 65.4%, No 34.5%
Action Short of a Strike: Yes 77.3%, No 22.7%
Turnout: just over 21,000.
A clear result.
Full report available.
Pensions Open Meeting, 13:00 Monday 25th April
There will be an Open Meeting with Geraldine Egan, one of the UCU's
National Pensions Officers, at 13:00 in the
Theatre on Tennis Court Road. This is to explain an discuss the new
USS arrangements which apply from 1st April (and 1st October) 2016.
See also (and consider displaying) a
flyer, and its
events page. We are providing light refreshments from 12:30, and,
to assist with catering, if you are intending to partake please let
our Pensions Representative, Richard Farndale, know:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please invite your
colleagues: this meeting is open to all.