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Negotiating and working groups

All-member Working Groups 

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 Walton Hall, Associate Lecturer and regional/national centre reps to ROCC meetings.

We currently have working groups on these subjects, please email the branch mailbox if you are interested in joining one of these groups: 

  • Four Year Business Plan (4YBP)
  • +1.3 FTE proposals (FTE = full-time equivalent) 
  • Research-focused staff 
  • New Branch Banner
  • Richer Tuition model
  • Workload Intensification
  • Campus 2030
  • Divestment and Complicit Investment
  • Sustainability (including Community Wealth Building)

Negotiating 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 April 2024):

Pete Wood, Acting Branch President (was Vice President)
Caitlin Adams, Branch President
Lesley Kane, Hon. Secretary 

When any of these are unavailable, other branch officers or executive committee members may stand in and we also have the facility to take observers to the JNC meetings.

Joint Trade Union Forum (J-TUF) meetings with People Services (operational JNC meetings)

Pete Wood, Acting Branch President (was Vice President)
Caitlin Adams, Branch President
Other Exec committee members attend the meetings when needed.

Associate Lecturer Operations Working Group (ALOWG)

Lesley Kane, Hon. Secretary
Isabella Muzio, Exec Ordinary member
Jenny Kermally, ALs Officer
Chenoa Putter, Vice President 
David Knowles, Exec Ordinary member
Kieran McCartney, Staff Tutor
Penny Oderberg, Exec Ordinary member 
Other Exec committee members attend the meetings when needed.


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