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The Friday email: 15 September 2017

Fight back against scapegoating of immigrants 

Speaking at the opening debate on Brexit at the annual TUC Congress this week, Sally Hunt gave a passionate defence of free movement and the benefits of of immigration telling delegates that unions should celebrate and defend diversity. Read the full speech here. 

More on our campaign to defend the rights of EU nationals working in education. 

Close the gap: have your say on further education pay

If you work in further education (England only) you should have received an email inviting you to vote in our consultation on pay (if not please request a replacement here). Please use your vote, tell the employers that FE deserves better and join other public sector workers in demanding an end to pay freezes and cuts. 

In the news....

  • More pressure on colleges ahead of Tuesday's pay talks
  • Government search for student debt policy takes on fresh urgency after Commons defeat
  • VC pay is not going away

Read all about it

Future of the profession: free membership offer from 1 October 

As part of UCU's drive to support education workers at the start of their careers, from 1 October we're offering free membership to some 'early careers' staff. For more information on the offer please see here for details.

Britain needs a pay rise: join the TUC day of action on 17 October 2017

On Tuesday 17 October, the TUC is organising a lobby of parliament and a rally in Parliament Square to call for fair pay for public servants. For more details on how to get involved, visit the Facebook page here.

Calling academic-related and professional staff - tell us your views

UCU represents academic-related and professional staff in universities such as administrators, librarians and computing and we want to know what issues at work matter to you. Please take a few minutes to complete our survey.

Defend jobs and education at University of Manchester 

Voting is now underway at University of Manchester as members are balloted for industrial action over plans to make up to 140 staff redundant. Please send messages of support to  .

Sally Hunt becomes TUC President 

UCU general secretary Sally Hunt has been elected as the new President of the TUC. Sally will serve in the role for a year and preside over the TUC's 150th Anniversary Congress in Manchester in September 2018. 

Speeches from UCU delegates at this week's TUC also included Douglas Chalmers defending the Erasmus student exchange programme, Pauline Collins on the problems of mental health in universities, Joanna De Groot on insecure contracts, Rob Goodfellow on the Trade Union Act, Vicky Knight on pay and privatisation, while Sean Vernell outlined the case for better pay for all and Rhiannon Lockley spoke on child poverty. 

People's Assembly demonstration: Manchester 1 October 

UCU is supporting the 1 October demonstration to coincide with the Tory Party conference and will be calling for health, homes, jobs and education and an end to austerity and the pay cap. Please look out for UCU banners which will be joining the march on Liverpool Road from 1.30pm. 

Academic-related and professional staff survey: have your say

UCU represents academic-related and professional staff in universities such as administrators, librarians and computing and we want to know what issues at work matter to you. Please take a few minutes to complete our survey. 

World Teachers' Day event: 'Teaching in Freedom'

To mark this year's World Teachers' Day, UCU has teamed up with the NEU NUT section and Amnesty to remember the 43 student-teachers from Ayotzinapa, Mexico, who were forcibly disappeared three years ago. For details of the art exhibition and panel discussion on Thursday 5 October, please click here.

UCU organising in adult education 

UCU is currently reviewing how we organise the union in adult education workplaces and you can help by having your say in this short online survey.

Longitudinal Employment Outcomes briefing 

UCU has published a new briefing on Longitudinal Employment Outcomes (LEO) data in higher education. LEO data covers the employment and earnings of graduates for all subjects. Click here for the UCU briefing.


Last updated: 19 September 2017