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Open meeting on Stress & Bullying at Work

Keith Munday, Council representative for H&S, has accepted an invitation to give a brief summary of his Tim Field Memorial Lecture presentation followed by a dialogue with those present that could be linked to the related Aston staff survey results and our action plans to address any concerns.

Thursday, 12th November, in MB603.

Trades Unions rights under attack

For obvious reasons, the Conservative government is trying to make it harder for employees to take industrial action. It wants, amongst other things:

* higher thresholds for union ballots than for other organisations or for politicians' elections

* ridiculous periods of notice prior to any action

* restrictions on time off for trade union activity, most of which is done voluntarily and in addition to representatives' existing work in any case.

* obstacles making it harder to collect subscriptions

New threat to jobs at Aston

Aston UCU is outraged that ABS appears to have initiated a `rank and yank' policy. All members of academic staff have been invited to attend a meeting with the Dean or Deputy Dean, and in some of these meetings they are being asked to consider leaving.

ABS has deemed them as under-performing, but none of the cases we have dealt with so far have been staff who have had performance management meetings. This means the evidence that ABS is claiming about their under-performance has not been subjected to scrutiny nor have they had the opportunity to defend themselves against the accusations.