Though the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath is on her way out, the pay scandal has highlighted key issues within the Higher Education system locally and nationally. The culture of marketisation and privatisation of higher education institutions create a culture where money is more important than education. Bath Labour Party is committed to combatting this marketisation, in line with national Labour policy, working for the removal of university tuition fees and reintroduction of maintenance grants.
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What this has shown though is the power of the labour movement. This campaign has been fought primarily by trade unions with the support of Bath Labour councillor Joe Rayment and Labour Peer Lord Adonis. This alongside student mobilisation of members of Bath University Labour Club and Bath Students Against Fees and Cuts has provided a unified front against university management.
Bath Labour Party is also committed to working on the other issues raised by this scandal around pay inequality, job security and representation. Higher Education institutions are seen as public sector organisations and would be subject to our national 20-point plan for security and equality at work. This plan includes:
A maximum staff pay ratio of 20:1, which is a significant improvement on the 30:1 ratio seen at the University of Bath.
The banning of zero hour contracts, which will provide greater job security for casual members of staff.
Repeal the Trade Union Act, which will give workers more power in their workplaces.
Though the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath is on her way out, the pay scandal has highlighted key issues within the Higher Education system locally and nationally. The culture...
Message from Protect Our NHS
BANES CCG are currently consulting on some drastic changes to services. Only women between the ages of 23 and 35 will be eligible for IVF treatment, and they are removing funding for vasectomies and female sterilisations in all but exceptional circumstances.
It’s outrageous that the Tories have pushed the NHS to this point, and are putting many women in an incredibly difficult position. You can voice your views on the changes here
Consultation ends on 27th December, make sure you respond before then.
Message from Protect Our NHS BANES CCG are currently consulting on some drastic changes to services. Only women between the ages of 23 and 35 will be eligible for IVF...
8 March 2018 7:30pm - Women only event
Friends Meeting House, York Street, Bath BA1 1NG
Ahead of the 2019 local elections and on International Women’s Day, this is an event for women members to find out more about becoming a local councillor. We will be joined by BANES Cllr Liz Hardman.
This is an event for women members only.
We hope you can join us at these events. For more information or to RSVP please contact: email@example.com. It is not essential to RSVP and please feel free to turn up on the day and to bring a friend where applicable.
8 March 2018 7:30pm - Women only event Friends Meeting House, York Street, Bath BA1 1NG Ahead of the 2019 local elections and on International Women’s Day, this is an...
B&NES Council have announced the loss of 300 council jobs. This cut would not havebeen necessary under a Labour Government. The 2017, fully costed, Manifeso ensures local government has sustainable...
Sexual Harassment Policy
The Labour Party has a zero tolerance approach to sexual harassment and will take all complaints of this nature extremely seriously.
Should you experience any behaviour that you feel amounts to sexual harassment either towards yourself or another member we strongly encourage you to report it to us as soon as you can.
What is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. It takes place when someone is subjected to unwelcome and unwanted sexual behaviour or other conduct related to their gender.
Harassment is defined by law in the Equality Act 2010 as ‘unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual’. In the case of sexual harassment, the relevant protected characteristic is ‘sex’.
Behaviour that constitutes sexual harassment includes:
- Unwelcome behaviour of a sexual nature, this may be either physical or verbal
- Inappropriate or suggestive remarks or verbal sexual advances
- Indecent comments, jokes or innuendos relating to a person’s looks or private life
- Unwanted physical contact such as hugging, kissing or appropriate touching
- Requests for sexual favours
- The display or circulation of pornography or indecent images
Often, this kind of behaviour may be brushed off by the harasser as ‘banter’ or harmless flirting. It is important to remember that the impact the behaviour had on you is the most important factor, it is not so relevant whether the individual intended to cause offence, but rather that offence was caused by the conduct.
Sexual Harassment Procedure
We understand that reporting sexual harassment can be intimidating, so we aim to make the process as clear and straight forward as possible.
If you choose to contact us, it will only be treated as a formal complaint if you make it clear that this is the route you would like to take. We are happy to offer informal advice about the possible action and outcomes open to you and will not force you to take any action you do not feel comfortable with.
In the first instance we recommend that you to speak to the Head of Complaints. You can contact them on: 07595 432542. They will be able to talk over your concerns and offer advice about the best course of action. If you would prefer to contact us initially by email, then you may email the Head of Complaints on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where we believe a criminal offence has taken place, we will advise you to report the incident to the police. If we have serious concerns about your safety, the Complaints Unit have the duty to contact the police, but we will do our best to let you know before doing so. If your complaint is subject to an ongoing police enquiry, we will not investigate until the police investigation has run its course.
If, after speaking to us, you decide to make a formal complaint;
the process will be as follows:
- First, we will seek written statements from you the complainant and the respondent. At this point the respondent will be informed of the details of the complaint made against them. As part of this process each party will be encouraged to provide any relevant evidence and names of witnesses that support their statement. This process will form the preliminary investigation to establish the matters of fact from both sides.
- The statements from the complainant, respondent and any witnesses will then be provided to the sexual harassment panel of the National Executive Committee (NEC). This panel will be made up of 3 members of the NEC. Disputes Panel.
- All statements will be anonymised before being put in front of the panel, so they will not know the names of the individuals involved in the case.
- If the party deems it necessary, at the point the complaint is referred to the panel of the NEC, an administrative suspension may be imposed on the respondent until the investigation is complete.
- Should the panel of the NEC decide the case requires further investigation, they will refer the case to the NCC. At this stage the complainant and respondent will be provided with copies of all statements and asked to attend separate interviews with a panel of the NCC.
- The NEC panel may make the decision that the complaint is better dealt with through an informal route rather than through an NCC hearing. Where this is the case, they will lay out their recommendations for the next steps to the Head of Complaints.
- The meetings with the NCC panel will be held at different times and the complainant and respondent will not be required to meet.
- Witnesses may also be invited to attend an interview with the NCC panel.
- Should either the complainant or respondent wish to submit requests for questions to be put to the other party as part of their interview, they will be invited to do so ahead of the meetings.
- After the initial interviews, the NCC panel may feel it is NEC necessary to follow up on any points that were raised; this will usually be done by telephone.
- Once the panel is satisfied that it has all the information it needs, it will make a decision about the appropriate action that should be taken. The NCC’s decision will be reported to the Disputes panel of the NEC
At no point will the complainant be required to confront the respondent face to face. All details of the complaint will be dealt with in the strictest confidence
Sexual Harassment Policy The Labour Party has a zero tolerance approach to sexual harassment and will take all complaints of this nature extremely seriously. Should you experience any behaviour that...
20th October 19:30 - 20:30 - Bath Assembly Rooms
16-18 Gates Green Rd, BR4 9JW Bath, Somerset
From Cathy Come Home to I, Daniel Blake film-maker Ken Loach has been directing for fifty years. How does his vision around urban development, social housing and employment resonate in the city of Bath, his home for many years? How can complexities around housing and jobs be resolved in the complex, heritage-driven landscape of a UNESCO city? Ken Loach will talk about these themes and then offer the discussion to the audience.
20th October 19:30 - 20:30 - Bath Assembly Rooms 16-18 Gates Green Rd, BR4 9JW Bath, Somerset From Cathy Come Home to I, Daniel Blake film-maker Ken Loach has been...
Saturday 30 September 11am-2pm at the Labour Party Office, 136a Walcot Street, Bath
Of course, the main way you can help is to come along on 30 September and buy some cakes!
Bath Labour Party is holding a coffee morning to help raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support. The event will take place on:Saturday 30 September 11am-2pm at the Labour Party Office,...
A developer is looking to develop the Hartwells Garage site with housing, student accommodation and a retail unit. We need more housing in Bath but is this the right kind of housing and is the density too high ?
A developer is looking to develop the Hartwells Garage site with housing, student accommodation and a retail unit. We need more housing in Bath but is this the right kind...
Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet has approved proposals for the final in a series of consultations surrounding its intention to integrate the Library and One Stop Shop in Bath.
The aim is to combine library and customer services in Bath to reach more people from all ages and backgrounds, providing a place where everyone in the community can access support, knowledge, culture and events to help them reach their full potential. At the same time, integrating these services in Bath will help save up to £400,000 a year as part of the Council’s wider Modern Libraries programme, which is expected to save a total of £800,000 a year.
Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet has approved proposals for the final in a series of consultations surrounding its intention to integrate the Library and One Stop Shop in...