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Claiming from Leicester UCU Fighting Fund

Published: 17th June, 2021

(Updated 17 June 2021) Background: Leicester UCU are engaged in an ongoing dispute with the University Executive Board over compulsory redundancies. Through a legal ballot, members have committed to strong action to defend livelihoods and the future of our university, which has to date included 3 days of strike action and a long campaign of…

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‘Throwing 26 of our colleagues on the scrapheap’: ITV Central – 9 June 2021

Published: 15th June, 2021

ITV Central visited the picket on our first strike day last week, 9 June, and reported on why we have taken this action. Their report includes interviews with Dr Joseph Choonara, one of our departmental reps (in the original redundancy pool in the School of Business) and with Dr Deborah Toner, our Campaigns and Social…

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Leicester UCU Fighting Fund

Published: 15th June, 2021

In order to support colleagues undertaking action-short-of-a-strike (ASOS), particularly a lengthy marking and assessment boycott, Leicester UCU have created a Fighting Fund. Details of how members, who will have had salary deducted due to ASOS, can claim from the fund will be published shortly. However, we need fellow members, fellow union branches and the wider…

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Leicester UCU Statement

Published: 26th May, 2021

In a recent statement, Leicester UCU stated that we actively discouraged prospective students from applying to the University of Leicester. We know that not all of our members agreed with this. We feel that the Executive Board has created a toxic atmosphere at the University of Leicester which is not conducive with a productive and…

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Leicester UCU ASOS Guide and FAQ 2021

Published: 30th April, 2021

Introduction  Leicester UCU recently voted in favour of industrial action to defend jobs threatened by compulsory redundancy. The branch members voted overwhelmingly for both strike action, and action short of a strike (ASOS). 84.1% voted in favour of ASOS.  This guide and FAQ covers action short of a strike only. See the Strike FAQ for guidance on strike days 9, 10 and 11 June.  Important Note: Prof Canagarajah continues to reiterate…

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Leicester UCU in 2 – April 16

Published: 16th April, 2021

At our AGM on 14 April, branch members overwhelming passed the following motion, calling for the greylisting of University of Leicester. In this week’s 2-minute video blog, Deirdre O’Sullivan, former vice-chair who has been supporting many at-risk members, reflects on the damage being inflicted on the University by the current redundancy processes, and explains why…

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Leicester UCU on Radio Leicester to discuss the forthcoming industrial action

Published: 16th April, 2021

Our Communications Officer, David Harvie, was invited to explain the positive strike mandate and forthcoming industrial action.

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Leicester UCU Ballot Result

Published: 14th April, 2021

Our ballot for industrial action to defend jobs and livelihoods at the University of Leicester – to defend the University of Leicester – closed earlier today. We are pleased to announce that we exceed the legal minimum threshold, achieving a turnout of 56.3%. This is a remarkable success given the challenges of holding a ballot…

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Leicester UCU in 2 – Mar 15

Published: 15th March, 2021

In this week’s 2-minute summary, we reflect on what it means, during the week of International Womens’ Day, for so many women at the University of Leicester to be at risk of redundancy.

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Indicative ballot update

Published: 2nd March, 2021

A substantial majority of Leicester UCU members participated in the consultative ballot on industrial action, which closed on 26th February 2021. Of those that voted, an overwhelming majority said they were prepared to take both strike action and action short of a strike in order to defend livelihoods at the University of Leicester. The branch…

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