2017_10_06 Your union needs you

The Friday email: 6 October 2017

Organising to win: University of Manchester UCU shows the way

University of Manchester UCU announced a spectacular ballot result this week with 87% backing strike action on a 58% turnout over plans to cut jobs. This shows the strength of feeling over the issue but also how getting involved in your union can make a difference. Packed meetings, a great team of 'get the vote out' volunteers and a well organised branch with local contacts in every department all helped to achieve this result and leave management in no doubt that members are prepared to take action to defend their colleagues.

If you would like to help make a difference, please remember to vote in union ballots and e-polls, get in touch with your local UCU branch or sign up as a local UCU contact for your workplace

Future of the profession: free membership offer open now

Young workers need the union more than ever and that's why, from this week, we're offering free membership to postgraduate students contracted to teach, and further education teaching staff not on a lecturing contract. See here for more information and please download posters and leaflets to promote the offer in your workplace.

In the news....

  • Members vote for strike action at University of Manchester
  • Staff to strike at University of Leeds over dismissal policy changes
  • UCU responds to student loan freeze announcement 

Read all about it

USS e-ballot: act now to save your pension

Unless we are able to stop current proposals, USS benefits will be cut for younger colleagues and those nearer retirement might need to work longer than expected. If you work at a university covered by the USS, please vote in the consultative e-ballot taking place now and show you are prepared to stand up for your pension rights.

No sackers' charter: three day strike at University of Leeds

UCU members at University of Leeds will stage a three day strike (11 - 13 October) next week over changes to university statutes making it easier to sack staff with the new catch-all clause: 'some other substantial reason'. Find out how you can show your support here.

Have your say on adult education

We're looking at how we organise the union in adult education and so please let us know your experiences and how best we can support staff by filling in this short online survey

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 sector workers. For details on how to get involved, email here or visit the Facebook event page

'To Walk In Your Shoes' play, 22 October, University of Huddersfield 

Red Bobble Theatre and UCU Yorks & Humbs black and minority ethnic (BME) network present a play based on the experiences of refugees living in northern England. Sunday 22 October, 12 noon, St Pauls Church, University of Huddersfield, HD1 3DH, to book email here.

National officer and NEC elections in 2018

Nominations are now open for vacancies for a national officer of the union, and for more than 20 positions on UCU's national executive committee (NEC). Details can be found here, or requested from Kay Metcalfe. The deadline is 5.00pm on Wednesday 8 November 2017.  

My UCU is now live

Manage and update your personal information anywhere, anytime. The new membership portal gives you 24/7 access to manage your UCU membership and subscriptions. If you have previously used UCU eServices you will need to register to use My UCU.

Staff governors' conference: FE skills in a post-Brexit world 

How can colleges respond to national challenges and opportunities and how to maximise their potential on the governing body. Open to all staff governors and supported by trade unions as well as the Education and Training Foundation (ETF). 

English, Maths and ESOL conference, 9 November 2017

As ever, we aim to showcase innovation and effective practice in adult literacy, numeracy and ESOL practice. The conference will also support delegates to strengthen the evidence base for the difference that language, literacy and numeracy learning makes. 

Last updated: 6 October 2017