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ASOS FAQs

Published: 13th December, 2021

Full FAQs about the HE Dispute Full FAQs for Professional Services staff What does ‘action short of a strike’ (ASOS) mean? While a strike is a concerted stoppage of work, ‘action short of a strike’ (ASOS) is normally action which affects only certain aspects of your work. Our ballot result enabled us to call action…

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Strike Day Three

Published: 3rd December, 2021

The clouds and drizzle were back today, but they did not dampen our picket spirits. Members were joined by local councillors, students, and representatives from various local socialist organisations. It was clear from the discussions on the pickets that our struggle goes further than higher education. Disputes over pay and working conditions are becoming more…

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Strike Day Two

Published: 2nd December, 2021

Our three-day strike continued today. It was an even chillier morning, but luckily we had the help our picket firepit to keep the frostbite at bay. At the picket locations the music, dancing and lots of discussions about why we are on strike continued. Today Leicester UCU members were joined on the pickets by Leicester…

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Strike Day One

Published: 1st December, 2021

Today saw the beginning of our three-day strike. It was a chilly morning, and the rain came, but the weather did not dampen our spirits. At the picket locations there was music, dancing and lots of discussions about why we are on strike. All of which was streamed live to our virtual picket. This dispute…

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Strike FAQs

Published: 29th November, 2021

Full information about the Four Fights and FAQs in relation to strike action can be found here. Below are some helpful answers to common queries of Leicester UCU members. Why are we going on strike? In defence of the Four Fights. What does taking strike action mean? Strike action means not doing any work for…

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Strike Schedule 1-3 Dec

Published: 29th November, 2021

Here’s our schedule of events for 1-3 December strike in the name of the four fights. We also have a virtual picket line each day for those unable to join us physically. Join us on this zoom link from 9:30am each day. We’ll have a livestream from the picket line, as well as the teach-outs,…

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What is Happening to Your USS Pension?

Published: 8th September, 2021

Summary of USS pension issues  The scheme *appears* to have a big deficit – mainly because the last valuation was done when the stock market was at a deep low because of the COVID pandemic. The market has rebounded, so an updated valuation would show that USS is a healthy scheme. But the USS trustees…

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Open Letter to Nishan Canagarajah, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Leicester

Published: 14th July, 2021

14 July 2021 Dear Professor Canagarajah We are deeply disappointed that having attended one dispute resolution meeting – on 20 May 2021 at our express invitation – you have elected to stay away from subsequent meetings. Nevertheless, we assume that the deputy vice-chancellor is keeping you fully briefed. At the most recent such meeting, on…

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Three Day Strike: Reflections

Published: 14th June, 2021

Reflecting on our short, sharp strike action last week, there is a lot we can be proud of. Physical and virtual picketers turned out in solidarity, along with lots of well wishers supporting our cause and some rousing speeches from external commentators. The strike took on three key daily themes that have been incredibly relevant…

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The Rep Newsletter, No. 5

Published: 14th June, 2021

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