Commission for Effective Industrial Action

11 July 2018

UCU's commission for effective industrial action was set up to look at the different forms of industrial action UCU members are asked to take. The commission's final report was adopted at UCU Congress 2018.


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

'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 were the commission?

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

  • Mark Abel (South East)
  • Lesley Kane (Eastern and HC)
  • Ron Mendell (East Mids)
  • Jamie Melrose (South West)
  • Marian Mayer (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)
Last updated: 18 November 2019