Published: 17th June, 2021
(Updated 17 June 2021)
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 action short of a strike.
The Executive Board have made clear that pay deductions for action short of a strike will fall disproportionately heavily on members undertaking the lengthy marking and assessment boycott. In a strong demonstration of branch solidarity, members voted to establish the Leicester UCU Fighting Fund at an EGM on 2 June to help mitigate the financial impact on these members.
The Leicester UCU Fighting Fund has now been established. As members undertaking ASOS, especially the marking and assessment boycott, will face potentially substantial pay deductions from the July payroll, it is important that all members in a position to do so donate to the Leicester UCU Fighting Fund now, and promote the Fund to encourage wider donations. Details of the procedure for accessing the fund are also outlined below.
Donate to the Leicester UCU Fighting Fund
The financial support that members can access for ASOS-related pay deductions will depend entirely on the generosity and solidarity of others in making donations. The branch has no standing funds for this and the National UCU fighting fund can only be accessed for pay deductions relating to full strike action.
Everyone’s financial circumstances will be different; please donate as much as you can. It is especially important for members who will not be affected by substantial pay deductions for ASOS – ie if you are not part of the marking and assessment boycott – be as generous as you can afford to be.
Please donate by transfer to our account at Unity Trust Bank (details below).
NOTE: You may get a warning message that it has not been possible to check the name of the recipient. This is because Unity Trust does not yet participate in the new Confirmation of Payee scheme operated by some banks. The payment can still go ahead, but please check that all details are correct before proceeding.
Name of account (if required): UCU Leicester LA30
Sort Code: 60-83-01
Many thanks to the UCU branches and individuals who have already made generous donations. Please spread the word and encourage others to donate.
Procedure for claiming from the Leicester UCU Fighting Fund:
◦ Membership number
◦ Number of days deducted
Use of donations:
The branch intends to use all donations received to the Leicester UCU Fighting Fund to support members’ pay deductions for ASOS. Any money remaining in the fund after the July round will be considered for a next/future round of payments. Any money remaining after all payment rounds will (at the discretion of the Branch Committee) be used to increase payments already made, kept for future disputes, transferred to support other branches taking action, or transferred to the national UCU Fighting Fund.