Case Work

Personal cases are one of the most important parts of the work of Teesside UCU. Members can contact the branch if they have encountered a problem at work and believe they need representation or support. 

Past personal cases have included:

  • contractual status
  • grievance & disciplinary matters
  • harassment
  • changes to contracts
  • redundancy
  • changes to HERA grading
  • maternity rights

All information provided by members is kept in confidence.

If you have a work issue or concern which you feel needs to be addressed, please contact the branch via our email link: UCU@tees.ac.uk 

Your email will be forwarded to the Senior Case worker, who will aim to deal with your concerns as quickly and efficiently as possibly, primarily using the resources and procedures within the University. When necessary, we will refer to regional or national UCU and its legal advisors.

You will be contacted by telephone or email to discuss the matter further. If the matter cannot be dealt with at this stage, a meeting with a case worker will be arranged.

PLEASE NOTE – UCU is not a charity, all our local representatives are volunteers, and their time is precious. As a result we cannot get involved in casework if the problem occurs prior to joining UCU, or within three months of joining. In such cases. Teesside UCU may at its discretion provide a measure of support which will consist only of a telephone call or brief meeting, and we will not attend formal meetings or arrange free legal advice. In such cases we would strongly advise non-members to contact the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, and/or a solicitor.

In short we would advise members to recommend to non-member colleagues that they join UCU.