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Recording of K McNerney's talk on 28 August

One of our AL reps, Kevin McNerney, did a talk in our Adobe Connect room on 28th August at 6.30pm.

The talk was called OU Employment Contracts: enigmas wrapped up in mysteries and there is a recording of it at this address: https://learn3.open.ac.uk/mod/connecthosted/view.php?id=135696.

The link is for OU staff only, click the "view previous recordings" option in the top right hand corner of the page.


3rd September 2018

Change in tax rules on Pay in Lieu of Notice

The rules on pay in lieu of notice (PILON) changed in April 2018 and now all payments in lieu of notice will be taxable, whether contractual or non-contractual.

So if someone works their notice, they will obviously be paid and taxed on their salary in the normal way up until the date of termination. Any compensation payment they are then given is tax free up to £30,000.

13th August 2018
Denzil DeSouza

Branch Equality Officer

Our Equality Officer, Denzil DeSouza, has recently resigned his position on the Executive Committee as he is leaving the Open University at the end of 2018. Denzil has been on the Executive Committee for 3 years and has played an active part in helping with technology at branch meetings and pursuing equality issues with the university. Denzil was on the interview panel when our Branch Administrator, Deb Shann, first got a job with the Open University back in 2007, Deb and the branch will all miss Denzil!

9th August 2018

Branch news update 29 June 2018

Pay deductions, OU UCU's hardship fund, and local subscriptions
We expect that by now most deductions from pay for strike action over the pensions dispute will have been made, so the local hardship fund process has now closed. We are not closing the hardship bank account entirely because there is the possibility that further industrial action may be necessary: the pensions disagreement has not yet been resolved, and there is still much uncertainty about job losses and potential involuntary redundancies at the OU.

2nd July 2018

Statement from the OUBUCU Delegates to UCU Congress 2018: Sue Cowgill, Bruce Heil, Caroline Holland, Friday Jones and Kit Power

Members will have received an email recently from Sally Hunt, the UCU General Secretary, indicating that at the recent Congress there were walk-outs by staff of the union. The staff objected to two motions that were to be debated. One was to censure the General Secretary and one was to call for the resignation of the General Secretary. The General Secretary is a Unite member and Unite were of the view that Congress could not debate these motions.

8th June 2018

UCU Consultative ballot now open on HE pay claim

A member consultation on the final offer has opened on 6th June 2018 and it will close on 27th June.

Please make sure you use your vote and we are holding an all members meeting on 12th June at 1pm.  The meeting will be in Seminar Room 6, 2nd floor, at the back of the OU Library, Walton Hall or you can take part by Skype. Please email ucu@open.ac.uk for the Skype meeting link.

There is further information on the UCU website or here are the pay rises HE staff have received in previous years.

7th June 2018

OU UCU email to all members

This message is to bring you up to date with some of the issues that the OU UCU branch is currently dealing with. We will be contacting you again, probably in a week or so, with an update on the Curriculum Review and its implications for staff who are affected.

22nd May 2018

Unions stand at the Open University's Charter day

We were pleased to be able to have a joint Unions stand at the OU's Charter day on 8th May - we shared the stand with the Open University branch of UNISON and the Open University Chapel of the National Union of Journalists.

There are photos on our Facebook page at this address: www.facebook.com/oubucu.

Trade Unions have been part of the OU Community since the beginning in 1969, the OU will be celebrating its 50th birthday in 2019.

9th May 2018

BBC Today Programme transcript from 23 March 2018

Our UCU Regional Official, Lydia Richards, was interviewed on the Today Programme, BBC Radio 4 on 23rd March 2018.

The audio is on https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09vyw3z

Today Programme 23/03/2018 8.46am

4th April 2018

USS dispute - Notes of national UCU meetings on Tuesday 13th March

We promised summary notes from our national UCU meetings on 14 March. This was meant as a report on  the major events of the early week around USS so that we could answer questions. But we know many people are not using OU email during the strike, so this is not the end of the conversation! Here's an update and we intend to have our next all members' meeting on 26th March.

22nd March 2018

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