“Industry plays an important role in pressuring their employers to reaffirm their support for the new JNCHES agreement and their commitment to negotiating at the UK level. The UCU is one of five unions covered by the “New JNCHES” agreement with the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA). The agreement created “negotiation mechanisms” for formal negotiations on university staff pay and salary conditions. This article briefly explains where “JNCHES” comes from and how it is related to the UCU Four Fights-Streit. I will make another report on how collective bargaining works in higher education. With regard to the elements relating to equal opportunities and wages, hec was concerned about the lack of meaningful responses to an agreement on employment security at the UK level, the prioritization of work on the effects of the pandemic on THE BAME and other disadvantaged groups, the unfavourable treatment of precarious workers and the consequences of increased workload. HEC agreed to continue to meet with UCEA with other unions and to negotiate these issues. Following a dispute over remuneration and conditions, the JNCHES agreement replaced ten different negotiating bodies with a new joint UK negotiating committee for higher education staff (JNCHES) [link]. Note that this was then replaced by “New JNCHES,” which is also often referred to as “JNCHES” in short. “What we need at the new JNCHES level is stability, a plan to get us through the pandemic and a commitment to work together meaningfully on the basis of existing agreements and structures at UK level. The UCU will continue to defend the negotiations at the UK level and the new JNCHES agreement and will work with our sister unions, who also share our position.
“UCU negotiators are aware that we are negotiating to integrate change, to reach substantial and measurable agreements, so that we can begin to restore confidence in our sector and bring universities back to their civic mission. Universities should be values-based organizations that benefit society as a whole. We need real changes at the heart of the way universities are run; and for that to happen, our employers need to understand that the refusal to make the change we need is an abandonment of responsibility and what is right. In the case of precarious contracts, the offer applies to limited data work and zero-hour advice, but it is not action-oriented and has no role for JNCHES in reviewing local agreements. The UCU is one of five unions covered by the “New JNCHES” agreement with the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA), which defines the “bargaining apparatus” for formal negotiations. The implementation agreement for all sectors has been submitted to a UCU ratification committee to ensure that it is in line with UCU policy and to ensure consistency in implementation in all sectors.