No to derecognition at Robert Gordon University
June 23, 2011 Leave a comment
Robert Gordon University in Scotland has had a ten year long relationship with UCU and Unite (or their predecessor unions ) and the unions are a vital part of the staff voice for the workers at RGU. This unilateral decision was taken without consultation or any consideration for good industrial relations at the university.
Union recognition is a vital part of providing an effective campaigning voice within any workplace and workplace without union recognition are all the worse for it. The derecognition of UCU and UNITE at RGU is not just an attack on the union members there, but the union movement in the whole country.
As the tory government ramps up it’s attacks on working people, employers will come under more pressure to apply more and more oppressive measures on their workers and union derecognition will almost certainly feature as part of this – we need to make sure that we, as a collective voice of workers and students speak out against it and fight to retain this vital voice.
UCU are running a virtual lobby of RGU and the new principal today. The Principal is a prolific tweeter and the union is asking everyone who can to tweet a message to @vonprond and @RobertGordonUni to rerecognise UCU and UNITE using the hashtag #noRGUderecognition.An attack on one is an attack on all – rerecognise UCU and Unite at RGU!More details at the UCU website here: https://www.ucu.org.uk/noRGUderecognition