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Taking action in higher education

The Trade Union Act - a briefing for UCU reps

The Trade Union Act is one of the most significant pieces of legislation to challenge a trade unions ability to organise in decades. This briefing is aimed at any UCU rep who wishes to learn more about the new trade union act, its potential impact and how branches can remain within the law.

Guidance around the Act continues to be developed but in the interim it is imperative that branches are not only aware of the act, but also plan to ensure that they remain within the law as it currently stands.

This online briefing will cover the following:

  • ballot thresholds - how they are worked out, what they mean for UCU and what you can do

  • industrial action rules - notice periods, ballot restrictions and balloting information

  • picket restrictions - role of picket supervisors, code of practice

  • facility time reporting - double counting caution, UCU guidance on facility reporting

  • protecting our practices - certification officer, political funds and checkoff.

With an introduction by Sally Hunt this briefing contains links to helpful documents along with video advice from a member of UCU's national bargaining team.

At the end of each section you will find an activity for your branch to conduct.

You will also be required to complete a short quiz when you have finished the briefing.

Around 3 weeks after the course you will be invited to a webinar during which you will have to opportunity to ask further questions and discuss how your branch considered the activities at the end of each section.

We hope you will find this online briefing useful and will join us for the webinar the details of which will be given once all cohorts have completed the briefing.

If you have not taken part in any UCU face to face reps training please see the trainining home page for your options - this online briefing is designed to supplement our face-to-face courses.