Commission for Effective Industrial Action

Important We want to hear from you

The commission is interested in your views about what would constitute effective and popular industrial action in your workplace. 

Information USS members

Please read the note from the commission on some key principles  expected to form part of its final report.

What is the commission?

In her speech to the 2017 UCU Congress, general secretary Sally Hunt stated:

'I intend to put together a commission made up of delegates from congress, our elected officers, our branches and our lay membership itself. A commission which will: look at the pros and cons of all different forms of industrial action; listen to the views of branches and regional committees and UCU staff; take advice from academic and other experts in the field. And report back to the executive by the end of the year.

My aim is to achieve a broad consensus on this question by the time we next meet - sooner if possible ... and I hope that you will support me in taking that forward with the urgency it requires.'

Motion 9, also carried at congress, resolved:

  • that the membership of that commission must be elected by and from this annual congress and must be made up of lay members from all the devolved nations and regions
  • regional committees, devolved nations and branches must be strongly encouraged to organise specific meetings to discuss the issues that are to be discussed by the commission
  • the commission to draw up recommendations to put to a one-day special congress to discuss industrial bargaining and action strategies
  • the congress should be made up of cross sector and sector sessions.

Who are the commission?

The commission is chaired by the elected UK president Joanna De Groot. The elected commissioners from each of UCU's thirteen regions and nations are as follows:

  • Mark Abel (South East)
  • Lesley Kane (Eastern and HC)
  • Ron Mendell (East Mids)
  • Jamie Melrose (South West)
  • Marian Meyer (Southern)
  • Marion Hersh (Scotland)
  • John James (Wales)
  • Linda Moore (Northern Ireland)
  • Sue Abbott (Northern)
  • Jo McNeil (North West)
  • Dave Muritu (West Mids)
  • Sean Vernell (London)
  • Elaine White (Yorkshire and Humberside)

We want to hear from you

The commission is committed to consulting fully across the union.  We particularly welcome submissions or comments from members or committees in groups under-represented in UCU's decision-making structures such as such as women members, those on casual contracts, black and ethnic minority members, disabled members and LGBT members.

You can feed in your views using the form below.


To contact the commission please email Matt Waddup.

Last updated: 17 November 2017