Universities - Strike vote at Nottingham Trent
WORKERS, NOVEMBER 2008 ISSUE
Nottingham Trent University wants to end its recognition agreement with the University and College Union, but there is resistance: union members there voted overwhelmingly for industrial action to defend recognition, and were due to strike on Tuesday 21 October.
The union says that the employer wants radically inferior arrangements that would marginalise the campus unions and cut facility time for union reps by 80 per cent.
The existing recognition agreement requires nine months’ notice of termin-ation. On 4 July, the university wrote to the union and said it had decided to terminate the agreement on 4 October, just three months of notice. The university says it will only recognise the UCU if the union complies with its new proposals.