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Friday 25 October

The Friday email: 25 October 2019

Nottingham College UCU fightback continues

The continuing crisis at Nottingham College hit the headlines this week with a front page report on the letter from local politicians criticising the CEO John van de Laarschot's handling of the dispute with staff. Our members have already taken 16 days of strikes this year and plan another 14 next month over the imposition of new contracts.

Please support our members at Nottingham College and their inspirational campaign in defence of college working conditions and contracts.

Last chance to stand up for HE staff

There are only a few days left to have your say in the higher education ballots so please post your ballot paper by Monday 28 October at the very latest. Whatever you think about pay, pensions, job security or equality - please don't leave it to others to speak for you.

Please remind your colleagues to vote by sharing this short video clip.

Defending academic freedom in Australia

UCU asks you to stand with Gerd Schroeder-Turk, an Associate Professor and academic staff governor at Murdoch University in Australia,who is being sued by his university for blowing the whistle about international student recruitment practices. 

Last chance to win a £500 Experience Day gift card with Cornmarket 

Cornmarket insurance are giving you the chance to win a £500 Experience Day gift card in their exclusive competition for UCU members.  But you need to be quick as the closing date is 31 October. Is your car, home, motorbike or travel insurance due for renewal? Cornmarket insurance offer tailored cover to UCU members.

Latin America conference, 23 November 2019

The Latin America Conference 2019 is a good opportunity to hear about the latest developments in the region and how UK trade unionists can offer solidarity.

Last updated: 25 October 2019