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Sep 25, 2020 6 tweets 2 min read
So line managers at the @unibirmingham are still telling non-student facing staff that they have to come in, despite latest gov guidance this week. They are denying that advice on office workers working from home apply to us. Meanwhile we’re told at the weekly H&S briefly 1/ that the new rules do in fact apply, but that the Uni Exec will discuss on Monday whether or not to tell staff! This means we’re operating for a full week in breach of gov guidance & the latest rules.

On Monday, it will be the first day of the new term with thousands of 2/
Aug 25, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
A full update on our Covid-negotiations - in a letter sent to @unibirmingham senior management - online now for full transparency… Key points:

*We object to the lack of mitigating safety measures in place for BAME staff

*We seek an equality impact assessment regarding the University's Covid-related provisions

*We oppose the University's imposition of a new workload model without our agreement
Apr 28, 2020 4 tweets 4 min read
Disappointing to see @unibirmingham hasn't observed #IWMD20 but has made time to share #PetsofUoB updates... it's made all the more sad in light the tragic death of a construction worker on campus in January. Shouldn't we be remembering them today? 🤔… .@unibirmingham didn't inform staff, students or even official safety representatives about the death. We only found out thanks to local news reporting. Let's remember Igor Malka's life and death today and resolve to fight for greater transparency and safer workplaces #IWMD20
Mar 25, 2020 4 tweets 5 min read
It appears non-essential buidling sites are still operating @unibirmingham, despite restricted campus operations. We've called on UoB to use their influence to #ShutTheSites to protect health of workers and wider public cc @BhamUniUnison @PreetKGillMP @UniteWestMids #COVID19 For more information as to why continuing to operate building sites is so concerning, please read the following @BBCNews article… and follow the hashtag #ShutTheSites
Nov 1, 2019 5 tweets 2 min read
Thank you to everyone who voted in the ballots - you have put senior management on notice that we will not stand idly by as our hard-won pensions, pay and working conditions are worn away, year-on-year #UCUballot #UCUstrike #HelloBrum #JoinIn Birmingham UCU members have sent a clear message to senior management with a 82% yes vote in favour of strike action to defend pensions and a 77% yes vote for action in the pay, equality, workloads and casualisation ballot.
Jun 12, 2019 11 tweets 17 min read
One week ago we, along with @BhamUniUnison, brought staff and students together on the @uobgreenheart for #OurUniversity. We're pleased to be able to share some highlights, starting with @ucu's @nita_4_VP_ucu's Ode to VC Eastwood (@DBeetwood?) #HelloBrum #UoBStrike @nita_4_VP_ucu also made the connection between £££ debt-financed buildings and Green Hearts and attack on working and learning conditions @unibirmingham and across higher education #HelloBrum #OurUniversity #UoBStrike
Mar 8, 2019 10 tweets 10 min read
For #IWD2019, we'd like to highlight how our members, alongside @BhamUniUnison and the other campus trade unions, are standing up for women's rights @unibirmingham #UoBWomen For years, we've been campaigning for @unibirmingham to do the right thing and become a Real #LivingWage employer. This move would significantly benefit women, who are disproportionately represented in low paid work on campus #IWD2019 #UoBWomen
Feb 15, 2019 9 tweets 8 min read
Vice-Chancellir's Open Forum kicking off @unibirmingham. First half on #Brexit, second on HE sector and research environment. Will #FairPayinHE come up? 🤔 #UoBVCForum #WeAreTheUniversity Image Will university governance and executive pay discussed, given #DMUVC and @officestudents figures? #UoBVCForum
Feb 5, 2019 4 tweets 5 min read
Disturbing @unibirmingham's new @birminghamdubai campus is sharing article with headline "Calling someone 'silly' in UAE can land you in jail". Highlights the very serious concerns over safety and academic freedom cc @BhamUniUnison #SaferInternetDay #HelloBrum #HumanRights Article warns readers "Don't say bad words nor call people 'silly' or 'stupid', unless you want to end up in jail in the UAE." Given restrictions on LGBTQ, labour and women's rights, would these be considered "bad words" too @unibirmingham @birminghamdubai? #SaferInternetDay ImageImage
Jan 23, 2019 7 tweets 4 min read
Of course in your email you neglect to mention how while regular staff have had to put up with stagnant wages, the wage bill for the senior University Executive Board has shot up by 15% in the past three years. You also overlook completely the endemic casualisation and precarity staff face, as documented by @PrecariousBrum. In 2016, The Guardian revealed 70% of teaching staff were found to on insecure contracts, the highest in the Russell Group…