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Negotiating and working groups

Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) 

This is the negotiating committee with OU management that has a broad remit covering a wide range of employment related matters. 

The union side members of the JNC team is as follows: 

Pauline Collins, Branch President 
Lesley Kane, AL, Hon. Secretary 
Philip O'Sullivan, Regional/National Academic Staff Officer 
Kate Servant, Vice-President 
Flexible place: either Bruce Heil, AL or Caitlin Adams, Vice-President 

When any of these are unavailable, other branch officers or executive committee members may stand in and we also have the facility to take an observer to the JNC meetings. The JNC minutes can be found on the OU University Committees intranet pages.

Associate Lecturer Working Group (ALWG)

This is a standing sub-committee of the JNC which deals with issues arising under current AL terms and conditions. The union side of the group consists of: 
Judy Ekins, Branch ALs Officer 
Bruce Heil, AL 
Lesley Kane, Hon Secretary 
Isabella Muzio, AL 
Richard Bradbury, AL as an observer.

Associate Lecturer Negotiations for a new AL contract (ALNG)

The main negotiation team are:
Lydia Richards, UCU Regional Official
Bruce Heil, AL
Judy Ekins, AL
Isabella Muzio, AL

Alternates and observers: Pauline Collins and Lesley Kane.

The scope of the new contract negotiations has given rise to several subgroups of the ALNG discussing particular aspects:

ALNG Sub group 1 – Terms and Conditions

Discussing the new terms and conditions on which ALs will be employed: 
Pauline Collins, Tim Parry, John Peters and Lydia Richards, UCU Regional Official

ALNG Sub group 2 – Portfolios and Duties 

Discussing the allocation of work and duties under the new role: 
Isabella Muzio, Lesley Kane, and Bruce Heil

ALNG Sub group 3 – Transitions 

Discussing the transition to the new contract
Bruce Heil, Lydia Richards, Pauline Collins, John James, Lesley Kane and Isabella Muzio.

There have also been several smaller subgroups discussing AL scholarly activity, Communications, and issues relating to ICT.

Associate Lecturer Redundancy consultation team

Lesley Kane and Judy Ekins meet regularly with HR to discuss AL redundancies.

Recruitment, Organisation and Campaigns Committee (ROCC)

This group was established with the aim of making the branch more visible and improving our membership density, we try to invite all WH and regional/national centre reps to ROCC meetings. Current members of this group are:

Caitlin Adams, Vice-President 
Kate Servant, Vice-President 
Denzil de Souza 
Natalie Olivadoti 
John James, AL 
Deb Shann, Branch Administrator