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Taking action in higher education

Campaign update: 29 April 2016


Higher education: stop press

UCU and the other unions met the HE employers yesterday to press for a fair pay settlement.  In response to evidence that the real value of salaries has fallen 14.5% since 2009, the employers were only prepared to increase their pay offer from 1% to 1.1%.  It is important that you vote in the ballot for fair pay. Please send your ballot paper off today.

Further education pay campaign

The joint England FE trade unions' 2016/17 pay claim has now been submitted and calls for £1 extra per hour for all staff, fair pay for women, pro-rata permanent employment for casual staff engaged at a college for more than two years and full Living Wage Foundation Accreditation.

Other news this week

In the news:

  • Staff to strike at Hull College
  • College refuses to consult on job losses
  • UCU responds to report on English student finance

Read all about it here.

National recruitment week 16-20 May: please help us to make it the biggest yet

With under three weeks to go until our next national recruitment week, there's still time to help make sure staff in your workplace are encouraged to join UCU. Talk to your local UCU branch  about building the union and why not invite someone in your department to join here:

May Day trade union celebrations

May Day events are taking place on Sunday 1 May in London (pdf) and UCU is once again sponsoring the Manchester event on Saturday 30 April 2016 (pdf). For the London event, UCU members may want to join up with the Amnesty May Day rally for Giulio Regeni.

Why FE matters: UCU/NUT event

You are invited to this event with speakers and discussion in defence of lifelong learning (pdf),  at 6pm on 11 May 2016 at the House of Commons.

Tackling climate change conference, Friday 13 May

UCU/NUS conference on 'The role of education institutions in tackling climate change'. This free event will be held at the University of Manchester from 11:00am-3:30pm. UCU members will be reimbursed travel expenses. This will be an opportunity to evaluate what needs to be done in the education sector to meet our local, national and international commitments on climate change. Please register here.

Last updated: 23 October 2017