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Strike Report – Day 3

Published: 2nd March, 2018

As the second week of strike action began, it was freezing, but that didn’t dampen our spirits and there was an even bigger turn out of staff on the picket lines, making much noise and garnering lots of supportive honks from passing traffic.   As promised, we returned to Fielding Johnson Building in the expectation…

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Statement of support from Jon Ashworth MP

Published: 23rd February, 2018

STATEMENT FROM JON ASHWORTH MP Member of Parliament for Leicester South 15 February 2018 UCU Pensions Dispute Meeting I am sorry that I cannot be with you today. I was extremely disappointed to hear that at the recent USS Joint Negotiating Committee the Universities UK proposals to fundamentally change your pension from a defined benefit…

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Strike Report – Day 2

Published: 23rd February, 2018

The second day of strike action is often the first test of a union’s resolve, and our members as always did not let us down. In bitterly cold temperatures members and our supporters turned out. Today we estimated that we had around 80-100 staff and supporters on our picket lines which started bright and breezy…

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Our response to David Willetts’ visit

Published: 18th February, 2018

At the end of this week, the University of Leicester  released a, at best, bizarre press release exalting the visit of Lord David Willetts to the University of Leicester on Thursday. There is a small reference to the protest held by UCU and students, but we’d like to point out to the University that there were probably…

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Out-of-office wording

Published: 16th February, 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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Everything you want to know about the strike in 2 mins

Published: 16th February, 2018

Staff and students from the University of Warwick answer your questions in this new video! “This is an opportunity, we can call for free tuition. We can call for new learning environments. We can use strikes to create a new, different university. We can win!”

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Leicester SU Condemn Willetts’s Appointment and Launch Petition

Published: 13th February, 2018

Amy Moran, President of Leicester Students’ Union yesterday issued a statement on behalf of the SU expressing deep concern at the appointment of David Willetts and asking the university to think again. The SU has also launched a petition, which UCU is giving its full backing. You can sign and share the students’ union petition…

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Picketing locations

Published: 12th February, 2018

Note that some “locations” will cover a number of different buildings/entrances.  See full screen Allocation of departments to locations ALL MEMBERS ARE EXPECTED, IF ABLE, TO PARTICIPATE IN PICKETING! This is not an optional extra, it is an essential part of our action. During previous actions, the University has often been able to point…

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Good explanations: the black hole at the heart of UUK’s plan for USS

Published: 2nd February, 2018

Pensions tend to be pretty boring subjects for most people – and there’s a lot of complexity and also obsfuscation around the present ‘crisis’ (yes, that’s in inverted commas) in the USS scheme, the cause of our present dispute with our employers, Universities UK. Below are some useful guides and summaries. Sam Marsh and his…

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Strike Action – Frequently Asked Questions

Published: 26th January, 2018

Below we answer the most frequently asked questions. More FAQs are answered on the UCU national website: National FAQs. Why is this industrial action being called? Did Leicester UCU members vote for sustained industrial action? Will the strike action go ahead? When will we be on strike? What happens on a strike? What is Action…

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