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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 (updated November 2018):

Caitlin Adams, Branch President
Kit Power, Vice President
Caroline Holland, Hon. Secretary 
Philip O'Sullivan, Regional/National Academic Staff Officer 
Bruce Heil, Ordinary member
Natalie Olivadoti, Casework and Policy Officer

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.

OU Futures meetings with HR

Caitlin Adams, Branch President
Kit Power, Vice President
Natalie Olivadoti, Casework and Policy Officer

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
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: Lesley Kane.

Associate Lecturer Redundancy consultation team

Lesley Kane, Judy Ekins and Hilary Partridge (alternate) 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 invite all WH and regional/national centre reps to ROCC meetings.

Workload Campaign working group

Kit Power, Vice President is leading this group..

Equality Working group

The Branch Equality Officer has formed a working group, please contact the Branch Office for more information: ucu@open.ac.uk