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Campaign update: 19 September 2014

In the news... | FE members in England strike | Anti-casualisation day of action in November | Progress against casualisation in the South-West | UCU legal corner | Britain Needs A Pay Rise: TUC national demo on 18 October 2014 | New practitioner research programme | Events, updates and publications

Dear colleague,

Welcome to this week's UCU Campaigns Update.

  1. In the news...
  2. FE members in England to strike Tuesday October 14
  3. Anti-casualisation day of action in November
  4. Progress against casualisation in the South-West
  5. UCU legal corner - your questions answered
  6. Britain Needs A Pay Rise: TUC national demonstration on Saturday 18 October 2014
  7. New practitioner research programme
  8. Events, updates and publications


1. In the news...

USS pension scheme members could lose as much as £20,000 a year when they retire. UCU members in English colleges are joining the 14 October strike over pay as a report reveals the extent of their annual pay cuts.  Fears that extra university students won't be properly funded. Four days of protests and strikes begin at Aberystwyth University and Ofsted is urged to reread UCU report on lesson observations. Read all about it here.

2. FE members in England to strike on Tuesday October 14
The union's further education committee (FEC) met last Friday and agreed to call strike action on October 14 after further education members in England rejected the 2014/15 1% pay offer. Members will be joining colleagues in other public sector unions, providing the opportunity for coordinated regional rallies and demonstrations.

3. Anti-casualisation day of action in November
UCU is holding a national day of action against casualisation in universities and colleges in early November. With all political parties wanting to be seen to act on zero hours contracts and employers vulnerable to reputation damage, now is a great time to highlight the casualisation of our sector and push forward the argument that high quality education depends on secure contracts and continuity of employment. UCU wants to make this our biggest yet day of action on casualisation, a chance for members and branches to put pressure on employers and politicians. We will have more details on how you can help support the day of action soon, but all branches have been asked to organise events so contact your officers and find out what is being planned.

4. UCU legal corner - your questions answered
What if the employee gives short notice to terminate their employment?

5. Progress against casualisation in the South-West
Two FE branches in the South-West have secured significant agreements from their colleges that reduce casualisation and end the use of zero hours and agency staff. Read more about this story here.

6. Britain Needs A Pay Rise: TUC national demonstration Saturday 18 October 2014
UCU members will be joining the TUC march and rally on 18 October in London calling for fairer pay and a fairer economic recovery. The march starts from Embankment at 11am and will end with a rally in Hyde Park. Please see the False Economy website for coach transport details. If you are able to help steward please email ebailey@ucu.org.uk

7. New practitioner research programme 2014-15
The Education and Training Foundation is offering opportunities to practitioners working in Skills Funding Agency-funded organisations to undertake a supported action research project during the academic year

8. Events, updates and publications

All the best,

Justine Stephens
Head of Campaigns, UCU

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