UCU union

UCU members: fight Grady’s sabotage

Vote 'No' to consultation and 'Yes' to action.

KD Tait  ·  28 March 2023

UCU: Anatomy of a betrayal

By Dara O’Cogaidhin THE UCU strike has been called off following a campaign of anti-democratic, bureaucratic manoeuvring by General Secretary Jo Grady. After negotiations with the employers’ organisation UCEA, Grady informed members via Twitter that a ‘two week period of calm’ was agreed which would enable ‘intensive negotiations with the aim of reaching a final […]

Rob Schofield  ·  09 March 2023

UCU: 70,000 join university strikes

The UCU took action in 150 universities in November.

Dara O'Cogaidhin  ·  17 December 2022

Universities bulletin: Democratic control and escalation

Universities bulletin for 30 November 2022

Workers Power  ·  30 November 2022

Public sector pay ballots: press for co-ordination

Nurses, refuse collectors, youth workers, teachers, lecturers and civil servants are being balloted.

Rebecca Anderson  ·  10 September 2022

Political bulletin: Time to escalate and coordinate

Political bulletin for 27 July 2022

Workers Power  ·  27 July 2022

Colleges to strike as UCU re-ballots in HE

UCU members at 33 further education (FE) colleges are taking part in a ballot for industrial action.

Dara O'Cogaidhin  ·  13 July 2022

Higher education strikes: escalate and fight for rank and file control

The Higher Education strike has seen vibrant picket lines and a fighting mood up and down the country.

Andy Yorke  ·  01 March 2022

UCU strikes: escalate to win

THE UNIVERSITY and College Union (UCU) has confirmed a new wave of strike action at 68 universities in February and March. This follows the three-day strike last December in defence of their USS pension scheme and for better pay and working conditions. Since then, twelve further branches have beaten the anti-union legal threshold of 50% […]

Dara O'Cogaidhin  ·  14 February 2022

Rank and file must keep UCU strike on track

The University and College Union (UCU) has confirmed a new wave of strike action at 68 universities in February and March.

Dara O'Cogaidhin  ·  07 February 2022

Students and staff – unite and fight for fair learning and working conditions

University managers have resorted to the tried and tested tactic of divide and rule, attempting to whip up student hostility against staff.

KD Tait  ·  10 December 2021

All out for the UCU strike

Students and staff unite - for decent conditions on campus

Dara O'Cogaidhin  ·  08 December 2021

Universities bulletin: We need all out action to win

Universities bulletin for 1 December 2021

Workers Power  ·  01 December 2021

UCU: organise solidarity and prepare for all-out action to win

By Urte March HIGHER EDUCATION workers in the University and College Union (UCU) are on strike from 1–3 December in a dispute over proposed pension cuts, pay and working conditions. Workers were balloted in October over cuts to the USS pension scheme for pre-1992 universities, and a sector-wide campaign over the ‘Four Fights’ – pay, […]

Urte March  ·  01 December 2021

Universities bulletin: Working conditions are our learning conditions

Universities bulletin for 16 November 2021

Workers Power  ·  16 November 2021

Tories could unleash a second wave by reopening schools

For parents', students' and teachers' control of health and safety in our schools.

A UCU rep  ·  03 September 2020

UCU strike: solidarity and rank and file control key to victory

Lectures and higher education workers are starting 14 days of strike action to defend pensions, pay and working conditions

KD Tait  ·  20 February 2020

University staff to strike from 25 November

University and College Union (UCU) Higher Education members have voted for industrial action in two ballots over pensions and over pay, casualisation, equality and workloads. In the ballots 53 per cent of members voted, winning 79 per cent and 74 per cent majorities respectively for action. The 43 universities that met the 50 per cent […]

Rebecca Anderson  ·  03 November 2019

How Britain’s biggest union undermines migrant workers’ rights

Over the past seven years cleaners and security guards at London’s most prestigious universities have been fighting a relentless and courageous struggle for basic rights: the London Living Wage, sickness, holiday and maternity pay, workplace conditions, and end to contracting out and union recognition.

Workers Power  ·  09 July 2019

After London college strikes – broaden the campaign

Recent victories show what is possible. Now activists should link up with other unions and build for joint strike action across the sector.

Workers Power  ·  19 February 2019

#OurUCU for rank and file democracy

By Rebecca Anderson DELEGATES TO UCU’s 2018 congress witnessed an unprecedented attack on their democratic rights by the union leadership. Officials repeatedly suspended conference when delegates refused to withdraw motions critical of the union leadership’s behaviour during the recent 14-day pensions strike.  The strike ended with members voting to accept a deal, which puts off […]

Workers Power  ·  13 June 2018

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