UCU

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by AWL on 12 December, 2018 - 12:28 Author: Ann Field and Ollie Moore

Station staff on London Underground’s Bakerloo Line South Group, which includes Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Charing Cross, Lambeth North, and Elephant and Castle, have voted by 88% for strikes against short-staffing. Tube union RMT has announced strikes for 26 December and 14 January.

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by AWL on 7 November, 2018 - 11:30 Author: Clara Bennett, Ruth Cashman and Ollie Moore

Security staff at the University of Leicester are currently in dispute with management, who wish to cut their working week to 35 from 37 hours, with the loss of two hours’ pay. Effectively this works out to be about £800 per year. A large sum for relatively low paid workers but a tiny sum for the university, especially when the team they are targeting is very small.

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by AWL on 24 October, 2018 - 12:04 Author: Ann Field

GMB and Unison picket lines covered Glasgow on Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 October in a two-day strike by City Council employees.

A lunchtime demonstration on the first day of the strike also saw four thousand people march through Glasgow to a rally in front of the City Chambers.

It was the biggest strike for equal pay in British history. The target was years of pay discrimination against City Council women employees, resulting from the Workforce Pay and Benefits Review (WPBR) which was introduced and defended by successive Labour administrations

Worker activists meet to build solidarity

Submitted by SJW on 29 August, 2018 - 8:33 Author: a trade union activist
Union activists at NEF event

Activists from the Independent Workers’ union of Great Britain (IWGB), United Voices of the World (UVW), UCU, Unite, RMT, Bectu, and other unions and workers’ organisations came together for the “How To Win At Work” conference on Saturday 18 August, hosted by the left-wing think tank New Economics Foundation.

HE pay ballot new test for UCU

Submitted by SJW on 4 July, 2018 - 1:17 Author: By a Cambridge UCU Member
UCU strike

On 29 June, UCU confirmed that, between August and October this year, it will ballot HE members for industrial action over pay.

This follows a consultative members’ ballot on whether to accept the 2% pay rise offered by the Universities and Colleges’ Employers Association (UCEA). On a 47.7% turnout, 82% of UCU members rejected the offer and 65% said they would be prepared to take industrial action.

Officials suppress the rank-and-file at UCU Congress

Submitted by SJW on 6 June, 2018 - 2:51 Author: a Workers’ Liberty UCU member
Motion 10 at UCU conference

The congress of the University and College Union (UCU) on 30 May to 1 June was repeatedly shut down by officials to prevent discussion of motions criticising the General Secretary, Sally Hunt.

The 14 days of strikes this year to defend USS pensions in 65 universities, and a coordinated wave of local campaigns in further education colleges, have boosted union membership and pushed forward a new generation of activists.

Post-grads as workers?

Submitted by SJW on 6 June, 2018 - 12:01 Author: a UCU activist

We should welcome the opportunities Labour’s mooted National Education Service (NES) presents to transform education.

One area that especially deserves attention is postgraduate and early career research. Graduate teaching assistants, hourly paid tutors, and other precarious education workers would benefit immediately from Labour’s policy commitments on workplace rights, including their commitments to repeal the 2016 Trade Union Act and to ban zero hours contracts.

UCU branches should keep pushing for democracy

Submitted by Gemma_S on 5 June, 2018 - 1:55
Image of an empty conference platform with screens showing the text "motion 10"

Comment by a Workers' Liberty UCU member on UCU Congress can be read here.

Jo Grady, UCU activist and Lecturer in Employment Relations at the University of Sheffield, spoke to Solidarity about the USS dispute, UCU Congress and where next?

Solidarity: Where are things with USS at the moment?

Unite UCU walk out is abuse of trade union principles

Submitted by Gemma_S on 5 June, 2018 - 1:51 Author: By a Unite member

The actions of full time officials of the UCU in walking out of the union's Congress is effectively a dispute with their own members. It is unprecedented in the history of British trade unionism and an abuse of trade union principles by the Unite branch to which UCU full-time officials, including General Secretary Sally Hunt, belong.

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