Jamie 4 NEC
Vote Jamie for UCU NEC
Do you want an experienced University trade unionist on your NEC, well versed in your priorities, with a track record of improving working conditions?
Do you want a decision-maker on NEC, with a track record of working with UCU members, committed to making UCU decision-making transparent, strategic and rooted in your workplace priorities?
If the answer is yes, vote Jamie for NEC.
I am an hourly-paid casualised teacher at the University of Bristol. I am also the branch Anti-Casualisation Officer and Secretary, a serial caseworker – on cases collective as well as individual –, and am also UCU South West Regional Chair.
As part of the branch officer team of the Bristol branch, I have:
- spent nearly ten years negotiating and representing members, securing workplace gains
- helped build the branch into one of the strongest in HE.
- secured employer commitments to reduce the use of casualised contracts and close the gender pay gap
- defended members dismissed on draconian performance management grounds
- secured the back payment of exploited fixed-term staff working over grade
I am proud of being part of a branch dedicated to members’ interest and concerns. I consider myself a UCU ‘militant’, not because of any untested verbal radicalism, but because of my work on the HE shop floor, building a union which afflicts the comfortable and comforts the afflicted.
I want to make sure that this unionism, a well-organised, demand-driven UCU is represented on our NEC. If elected to NEC, my standards will be transparency, strategic thinking and the language of priorities.
Transparency. UCU decision-making needs to be clear and open to members. That means representative, inclusive decision-making by as large a proportion of members as possible.
Strategy. When I served on UCU’s Commission for Effective Industrial Action, I pushed for a UCU that had plan, that had a medium to long-term vision for its collective UK UCU struggle for improved terms and conditions, centred on building pre and post-92 branches.
Priorities. For a union committed to improving the working condition and status of migrant members, or tackling academic-related staff’s precarious, re-structuring rife working life, words alone are not enough. We as UCU must resource these priorities properly.
I promise that a vote for me is a vote for an organisational turn in UCU.
Our second Great University Strike in two years has provided the foundation for a strong UCU in every university.
Together let’s guarantee that happens.
Vote Jamie for NEC.
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