The University describes the JSNCC as ‘the main forum for consultation between the University of Kent and its staff, on all matters of mutual interest’. Major recent issues for discussion include the proposed new Guaranteed Minimum Hours contracts for hourly paid lecturers and other timesheets staff and the new Statute 7 and Ordinances proposed in 2013 and in 2014, and subsequently introduced in 2015. As it is a joint body it has been agreed that chairing, deciding the agenda and agreeing the minutes should also be done jointly. The deputy chair is Owen Lyne, UCU branch secretary, who will alternate chairing the meetings with Alison Ross-Green, (Director of Human Resources).
UCU seeks to collaborate with other staff unions on issues of common interest including through the JSNCC. Branch officers attend the JSNCC and are always interested in hearing from branch members about issues which should be put forward and your views on proposals from the employer. Most papers and minutes are published on the JSNCC web pages, including items for consultation and negotiation.
Requests for input are regularly circulated through the UCU branch email list – if you are a member who is not yet on this list please contact Owen Lyne.