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Five compelling reasons to join UCU

Number 1 When UCU members have a problem at work, they don't face it alone. They seek the union's expert advice for free.

Last year our branches provided face to face advice for more than 28,000 UCU members.

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Number 2 When UCU members are involved in a disciplinary or grievance hearing, they don't face it alone. Our case workers sit alongside and represent them.

Last year we supported more than 8,000 UCU members in disciplinary or grievance hearings.

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Number 3 When UCU members require legal help they don't wrack up hundreds of pounds in solicitors' fees. Our legal advocacy team provide the best lawyers and get the best results with no charge for UCU members.

Last year we won more than £10m for UCU members treated unfairly at work.

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Number 4 When UCU members want a pay rise they don't stand alone. Our negotiators use the collective power of 110,000 members to make the case for everyone.

Last year we negotiated salary increases for more than 110,000 UCU members covering more than 500 employers.

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Number 5 When UCU members want to get more out of their job they use our career enhancing Continuing Professional Development programme.  While non-members pay £200 a course, UCU members get them free.

Last year we helped more than 15,000 staff get access to our CPD programme including courses on classroom management, applying for research funding and voice care.

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UCU specialises in providing high quality representation for education staff in colleges, universities, prisons and adult learning institutions. That is what makes us, in the words of The Guardian, 'Britain's biggest academic lobby.'

Be part of it. Join UCU now from as little as £1 a month and get a free copy of our Staff Survival Guide packed full of useful advice, tips and hints to get the most of your job.

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Last updated: 26 October 2016