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Strikes across UK universities as escalated action begins

Jun 28th, 2016 | By

Universities across the UK were hit with strike action this week as UCU’s escalated industrial action in a row with universities over pay continued. There were alternative open days in Sheffield, Liverpool and Coventry and members at Reading boycotted the university’s 90th birthday shindig.Leeds UCU made a few alterations to the signage around campus ahead

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Thanks to everyone who took strike action

Jun 26th, 2016 | By

Thanks to every one of you who took strike action in support of a fair deal for HE staff. The huge number of reports and photos that were sent in from picket lines and rallies from across the UK show two incredibly strong strike days with excellent support from students too. Please take a look

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20th Annual STUC Black Workers’ Conference – 7th to 9th October 2016

Jun 1st, 2016 | By

The 20th Annual STUC Black Workers’ Conference will take place from 7 to 9 October at the Macdonald Inchrya Hotel, Grange Road, Falkirk.    This year’s theme will be,  ‘Is Scotland Fairer for Black Workers?’ Branches are asked to put forward for consideration the names of reps who may be interested in attending as UCU delegates. 

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Messages of solidarity received

May 25th, 2016 | By

On behalf of Unite Scotland can you please pass on our message of solidarity to all your members involved in this action. Your fight is our fight and we will do all we can to support UCU in trying to resolve this dispute. In solidarity, Pat Rafferty Regional Secretary Scotland Best wishes and solidarity with

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Message of solidarity from UNITE Scotland

May 24th, 2016 | By

On behalf of Unite Scotland can you please pass on our message of solidarity to all your members involved in this action. Your fight is our fight and we will do all we can to support UCU in trying to resolve this dispute. In solidarity, Pat Rafferty Regional Secretary Scotland



Change can happen in an instant …

Apr 26th, 2016 | By

Dear colleague, Change can happen in an instant, and we know we can make it happen by acting together. In a fast-paced world of 24-hour news and social media, it’s more important than ever that as a union we stay one step ahead. On the issues that really matter there are times we need to

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Please take a few minutes to write to your MP about job security

Apr 12th, 2016 | By

  Dear colleague Please write to your MP about job security in higher education. In recent months we have been making the case to government that the working conditions of staff in higher education are closely related to the learning conditions of our students, and that great teachers and students are being let down by

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The Metro says “Men get all the perks …

Apr 5th, 2016 | By

According to an article in the Metro, “Men get all the perks … but not many women want them”. “Male employees are twice as likely as their female colleagues to receive a company car or gym membership. Shares and bonuses are also more often given to men, a study by BrightHR shows.” “More than three-quarters

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‘Rate for the Job’ – A message from Sally Hunt

Apr 1st, 2016 | By

Dear colleague, I wanted to let you know about four things related to your rate for the job: First, UCU published today our annual survey of vice-chancellors (VCs) and principals’ pay.  It showed average pay of £272,432 and an inflation busting average increase of 3% on the previous year.  In its first week, our new

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Training for Reps – 29 – 31 August 2016, Glasgow

Mar 30th, 2016 | By

Training: Rep 1 Induction:  29th – 31st August 2016, Glasgow University This course is aimed at all new UCU reps and branch officers and those who have been longer in post who have yet to attend UCU training. We encourage all UCU activists to attend the first module of this course regardless of which role

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