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Local hardship fund now available

We have now published the guidance and application form for members to apply to our local hardship fund, this is for members who took part in the industrial action, 25 November to 4 December.

Whilst UCU is not able to give assistance to all members taking strike action, the union offers the financial support both nationally and locally for members at risk of serious hardship. Union members must ensure they are paying subscriptions at the correct rate in order to be eligible.

The Local Hardship Fund provides support to OU UCU members during disputes where substantial pay is deducted for taking part in industrial action.  This local support is additional to UCU’s National Fighting Fund and members can apply for support from both schemes.

Local hardship fund

National Fighting fund


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