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Leicester UCU Health and Safety Update

Published: 16th August, 2020

Leicester UCU’s health and safety officers have drafted the following summary guide. We hope members and other University of Leicester employees will find it useful. As we currently progress through the extended Leicester lockdown, the University leadership continues to plan for a phased return so employees can deliver ‘blended learning’ – what our institution has…

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Statement re: Schools Re-opening on June 1st

Published: 29th May, 2020

The committee of Leicester UCU write to express our complete support for the National Education Union (NEU) during this time of crisis. We are all keen for schools and colleges to re-open, but this must not happen until there is assurance that all involved are protected. Teaching staff, support staff, parents and children need to be…

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LUCU 2020 AGM Motion

Published: 21st April, 2020

Motion passed at LUCU AGM on 21 April 2020: We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic imposes unique and unexpected challenges to University activity. Leicester UCU resolves to uphold its mandate to protect the health, professional standing, and financial stability of its members to the maximum extent possible, even in these difficult times. LUCU therefore calls…

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Panopto and Blackboard Collaborate: Leicester UCU’s response

Published: 23rd March, 2020

Dear Edmund and Emma, (cc Nishan Canagarajah and Kerry Law) We are writing to respond to your request that Leicester UCU suspend its opposition to the use of Panopto lecture capture, at least for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, and provide an amended statement, indicating our agreement to this suspension with some conditions. We…

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Coronavirus

Published: 17th March, 2020

Since our picket lines ended last week it feels like a lot has changed – indeed it has. The Coronavirus situation has, quite understandably, overtaken all our lives. Whilst we understand that there is a lot of fear and worry right now, we would like to assure you that we are working with the University…

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Strikes 2020: Day 14… Friends not farewells

Published: 13th March, 2020

It was another bright and beautiful day on the Leicester pickets. Good information had been shared and discussed on day 13 about the spread COVID-19, and as a result, planned activities on the picket line were moved online or rescheduled and leafletting cancelled. Our picketing went ahead, and members were encouraged to stay home if…

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Strikes 2020… Day 13: Not all heroes wear capes!

Published: 12th March, 2020

It was a bright, beautiful and brisk day on the pickets as we gathered once again to fight for fair compensation and decent working conditions in Higher Education. Tomorrow is Day 14 of this period of strike action, Day 22 of strikes in this dispute, and Day 36 of strike action in the fight for…

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Strikes 2020… Day 12: Wild times!

Published: 11th March, 2020

Luckily it was a beautifully sunny day on Leicester UCU’s pickets today, but still very cold so yesterday’s furry attire came in handy once again. And we welcomed a new furry friend brought down by one of our #Profs OnPickets Today was the 12th day of the current 14 day stint (that’s Day 20 if you include the…

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Another decision on deductions and disruption

Published: 24th February, 2020

Last week Leicester UCU members rejected a deal put to us by the University’s leadership team on pay deductions and campus demonstrations. Following that rejection, the vice-chancellor and his deputy made us an improved offer, as follows: Our employer would spread deductions over five months, beginning with two days’ deduction in May and three days’ deduction in…

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Strike Handbook – Feb/Mar 2020

Published: 17th February, 2020

This is the Leicester UCU Strike Handbook 2020 – covering all strike plans and advice for the strike taking place between 20th February and 13th March. This page will be updated as strike plans and events change – please check regularly for updates. Last revision: 10 March 2020 Contents Strike action reporting Picket line locations…

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