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Dispute Letter – June 2018

Published: 15th June, 2018

The letter below was sent to Professor Paul Boyle on 15th June 2018 Professor Paul Boyle University of Leicester University Road Leicester LE1 7RH 15th June 2018   Dear Professor Boyle, Declaration of dispute: staff redundancies I write on behalf of the University of Leicester UCU and in conjunction with advice from our Regional Office. …

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Out-of-office wording

Published: 7th May, 2018

As explained in the Strike FAQ, UCU members should not read or respond to any emails whilst on strike, and should immediately delete, unread, all emails on return to work — except for those from students. During strike periods, we ask you to put an out-of-office auto-reply on your emails. We suggest the following text — though of course…

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USS: ‘Addressing the Facts’

Published: 20th March, 2018

You may have received and read an ‘addressing the facts‘ email from USS. Please see below for a counter argument, as prepared by Leeds UCU: Members will be receiving an ‘urgent update’ from the USS trustee today. We would like to offer some further information on this update. We note that the trustee points out…

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Strike report day 12 – We’re still here!

Published: 14th March, 2018

Briefly, yesterday the press informed the world that the strike action would be called off from today, but after the proposed deal was rejected, we resolved to stay out on strike. So we were pleased to wake up to a crisp and sunny spring morning, and at last it seemed that the weather was on…

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Strike Report – Day 9 (IWD)

Published: 12th March, 2018

Today, we celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD)! We started our pickets bright and early like every day, with thoughts of solidarity for the women of Yarl’s Wood still on hunger strike. We organised a new, flying picket as well, to show the less-often picketed departments that we’re still here! A bit before 11, we all…

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Leicester UCU Message of Support and Solidarity with the Students’ Union

Published: 6th March, 2018

LUCU Message of Support and Solidarity with the SU and Students Occupying the Fielding Johnson Building   Leicester UCU want to extend their deep support and gratitude to the Leicester Students’ Union and all those involved in the occupation of the Fielding Johnson Building. You have set an excellent example to everyone in your actions…

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Letter to David Willetts

Published: 5th March, 2018

Dear David Willetts We are writing to ask you to stand down as Chancellor Elect with immediate effect, as an act of good faith in the wider interests of the University of Leicester. As you know, your appointment as Chancellor did not arise as a result of consultation with our university staff or with students. You…

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Solidarity to UoL students in occupation

Published: 5th March, 2018

On Monday morning students began an occupation of the Fielding Johnson Building, the University of Leicester’s main administration building at the centre of campus, in solidarity with striking university staff and in protest at the proposed appointment of David Willetts as Chancellor. Leicester UCU would like to extend a message of gratitude and reciprocal solidarity…

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Strike Report – Day 5

Published: 2nd March, 2018

We began the day knowing that UUK and UCU had agreed to go into arbitration talks with ACAS: a very positive step that shows our action is getting results. Some people may wonder why we’re still striking now that talks are due to recommence. The answer is very simple: we cannot countenance dropping the pressure…

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Strike Report – Day 4

Published: 2nd March, 2018

Despite the snow starting to fall and below freezing temperatures, day 4 saw our biggest turn-out of protesting staff and students yet. Has to have been more than 200. The Socialist Students society joined us early on the picket line to gather signatures on a petition in support of striking staff.   We marched around…

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