The Open University branch of the University and College Union
There's more information on these two disputes on the UCU website: www.ucu.org.uk/heaction
We have added a page with information on the branch hardship fund.
If you want to donate to our Branch Hardship fund then please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org pledging the amount you wish to donate, or you can make a bank payment to this account:
Sort code: 60 83 01 and Account number: 20392138
Or you can post a cheque payable to "UCU the Open University LA064 Hardship fund" to the UCU Office, Room 015, Wilson C Block, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA.
If you can join the picket please contact email@example.com and we will put you in touch with the picket coordinators.
Milton Keynes (meet at Security Lodge, St Michael’s Drive) all weekdays (20, 21, 24,25, 26, 27, 28 Feb; 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10 March) 7:30-10 am normally followed by coffee at the Marriott Delta 10:30am. There is a WhatsApp group for MK Picketers to join. Parade and Rally Tuesday 25 February 12:30 starting from Security Lodge with speakers to be confirmed.
Nottingham office: all weekdays (20, 21, 24,25, 26, 27, 28 Feb; 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10 March) 7:45-10am; Saturday 29 Feb 8:30-10:30 and nearby rally/meeting 11-12:30 location to be confirmed.
Manchester office: all weekdays (20, 21, 24,25, 26, 27, 28 Feb; 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10 March) 8-10am.
Cardiff office: 20, 21, 24, 26, 27 and 29 February 7.30am to 10am. NO PICKET LINE on 25 and 28 February. Monday 5 and Thursday 9 March. Lunchtime meeting with UNISON being arranged for Thursday 27 Feb at 12 noon at the Radisson Blue Hotel..
Edinburgh office: all weekdays (20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 Feb; 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10 March) 8-10am.
Belfast office: initially 20, 21 February and then dates to be confirmed, 8-10am.
Tuesday 25 February 2020: Solidarity Assembly with John McDonnell MP and speakers from across the trade union movement. Updated information: 6pm, Imperial Hotel, 61 Russell Square, Bedford Way, London WC1B 5BB
Letter for Open University Students: view letter, 22nd November 2019
We launched a workload survey at the end of 2018 and published the report in April 2019 - view news article.
Full information is on the UCU website: www.ucu.org.uk/he2019
UCU national page on the USS pensions dispute: https://www.ucu.org.uk/strikeforuss
Update August 2017: The University has announced that it does not intend to proceed with putting IT out to tender. This is fantastic news for the loyal and dedicated staff in IT, who were facing the prospect of transfer to an external company. It is also great news that the University will now retain control of the IT services on which the future depends.
We launched a petition about the possible outsourcing of IT and we would like to thank all of the 8229 people who signed it: www.change.org/p/stop-privatisation-at-the-open-university
IT meeting about TUPE - FAQs added 1st August 2017
The information we sent to all members about the Locations Agreement with the OU is on the Regional Office closures page.