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As many of you will be aware a branch
Emergency General Meeting was held
via MS Teams on Tuesday 9 February to
discuss as a matter of urgency two
motions which had been submitted in
response to recent events at the

These motions were (in abbreviated form):

Branch President Motion:
The motion noted the compulsory
redundancy of its Branch President Keith
Butler on 31 January 2021, the fact that
this act is potentially in breach of the
University’s Recognition and Facilities
agreement with the branch and that it is an
attack on the Branch. The motion
demanded Keith be given access to
facilities and processes necessary to
undertake his role as UCU representative,
as well as his reinstatement, and that UCU
would record a collective dispute with the
University if the Branch’s demands are not

Modern Languages Motion:
The motion condemned the recent
suspension of Modern Languages
provision at the University and the risk of
redundancy that arises from this, and
demanded that the University engage with
staff proposals for the continuation of
languages provision and make a
commitment to avoid compulsory
redundancies. The motion committed the
branch to a strategy of escalation,
including if necessary an industrial action
ballot, if management pursues compulsory

Both motions were passed with a majority

The branch feels that both motions are
connected, in that the University appears
to be pursuing a course whereby
compulsory redundancies are now being
pushed through. Further context to this
includes the fact that another UCU
member was recently served notice of
compulsory redundancy.
Both motions have been sent to the VC
and the Committee will update you on the
response and any developments.

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