National model claims on casualisation and the gender pay gap

Jan 19th, 2017 | By | Category: Further information
Dear colleague,

On 20 December, the general secretary wrote to all higher education (HE) branch officers to set out the higher education committee (HEC) strategy for pursuing claims on casualisation and the gender pay gap at institution level. While we continue to work with the University and College Employers Association (UCEA) at a UK level on these matters, we cannot ignore the real limitations of this approach. By contrast, the union’s strategy for delivering change at local level can produce real results and is already doing so.

All HE branches are urged to read the branch action note, which sets out the strategy in more detail and contains both model claims for you to adapt to your local situation.

Read the action note here:
UCUBANHE10 (.pdf) | UCUBANHE10 (.rtf)

The strategy is predicated on creating pressure on the employers by submitting claims and negotiating agreements. It is important that the new approach is coordinated and planned and your regional official will be contacting you to discuss further.

To be effective, this strategy will involve real partnership between yourselves and your regional team and also with the national union’s industrial and campaigns functions.

As the general secretary said, this is a priority campaign for UCU and your branch can expect support from the national union in pursuing this strategy.


Paul Bridge,
National head of higher education, UCU

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