The Open University branch of the University and College Union
We have created a guidance file for members to apply to the branch Hardship fund, for pay deductions from taking part in the Marking and assessment boycott (MAB). MAB pay deductions are expected to be taken from October to December 2023 salaries. An application form and a guidance file have now been added to this page for the September strike days. You need to apply to UCU's national fighting fund before you apply to the branch's local hardship fund.
UCU members are not paid while they are on strike, but there is a fund available to help support you financially and ensure that most members can afford to take industrial action:
The OU branch local hardship fund, which can support members if MAB pay deductions cause hardship. The local Hardship Fund can provide up to £110 per day for the MAB pay deductions.
You decide what hardship means for your circumstances – we won’t pry into your financial situation, and all claims to the hardship fund are anonymised.
Application form for the September 2023 strike days - added 29 September 2023
Guidance for the branch hardship fund for the September 2023 strike days - added 29 September 2023
MAB hardship fund guidance - added 5 July 2023.
Application form for lost AL contracts - added 25 August 2023
Application form for pay docked due to the MAB - added 19 September 2023
FAQs for the branch hardship fund related to the Marking and assessment boycott (MAB) - added 29 September 2023
If you’d like to join us at a in-person picket or a in-person rally, but have a long journey, the branch can provide reasonable expenses to cover your travel. This includes if you’d like to join striking colleagues at other institutions, if you have no nearby OU office to support.
Please complete the excel claim form and email it to email@example.com with a photo of your receipts. Please send your bank account information so we can pay you by bank transfer.
If you would like to donate to our Branch Hardship fund, we would be very grateful, here is how you can donate. Or you can donate to UCU's national fighting fund.