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TUC rally, Cheltenham

TUC rally, Cheltenham, 27 January

The government recently passed the Strike (Minimum Service Levels) Act and are currently consulting on applying these MSLs to schools, further education and universities. This of course would have a severely detrimental impact on our members’ right to strike and as such we are currently formulating a coordinated campaigning response for all levels of the union to fight back.
 

12th January 2024
UCU Exposed campaign

New UCU Campaign - Exposed

UCU has launched a new campaign called Exposed and there is a new website.

UCU knows that many members are raising concerns about attacks on academic freedom or freedom of speech with their branches, including some migrant members facing additional complications linked to their visa status.

13th December 2023
UCU Rising USS ballot result

Ballot results

UCU has announced the results of the ballot. UCU members have voted for strike action in their thousands. Returning a huge vote in favour of both strike action and action short of a strike. Sadly, UCU has fallen foul of the anti-union laws and the ballot has not met the required thresholds.

View UCU press release 

7th November 2023
UCU Rising ballot

UCU ballot and pension consultation

The UCU rising ballot closes on 2nd November, please return your ballot papers and tell us that you have voted using this form: 

Tell us you have voted form

The last date to post your ballot paper is Tuesday 31st October. 

UCU wants all members to have their say in the USS consultation, read the guidance about completing the USS consultation on the UCU website

19th October 2023
OU branch of UCU

Industrial action 25-29 September

Following a vigorous debate at a full branch meeting on 20 September, the branch voted not to stand down strike action next week. We are asking all members to observe the strike action from Monday 25th to Friday 29th September. 

view UCU press release, 6 September

21st September 2023
UCU

New ballot announcement

UCU have announced that there will be a new industrial action ballot before the end of September, read the UCU press release. 

15th August 2023
University and College Union - UCU rising

Election results update

UPDATE, August 2023 - the Executive Committee co-opted 2 new members to the Committee at its first meeting of the new UCU year on 4th July.  Valerie Demouy and Marianna Volpi have now joined the Executive Committee as Ordinary members. 

The branch is very pleased to report that we have 6 new members joining our Executive Committee for the next year, the new Exec and AL reps committees come into operation on 28 June 2023. Our annual election results were announced at our AGM on 7 June, see election report files here.

9th June 2023

OUBUCU Statement: The OU Students Association Poll

The OU Students Association (OUSA) recently conducted an informal poll of on UCU’s Marking and Assessment Boycott (MAB).

23rd May 2023

UCU Statement on AL Assembly and AL Executive

It has come to our attention that the University Secretary's Office claim that UCU was consulted on the decision to dissolve the AL Assembly and AL Executive. The implication was that UCU was aware this decision was in progress and perhaps acquiesced in it.
 
This is categorically untrue, as the project lead has confirmed following correspondence.
 

5th April 2023

UCU announces ballot result

UCU has announced today (Monday 3rd April) that it has successfully renewed its strike mandate at UK universities for a further six months, telling employers that "university staff are in the driving seat." 

Read UCU press release

3rd April 2023

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