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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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Strike programme: online events

We are running a programme of events on Zoom, one each day during the strike. Please check your email for the invite links, and see the pickets, rallies and events page for up-to-date information about the events.

14th March 2023
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UCU announces additional university strike day

UCU has served notice on employers for a further day of strike action to hit universities on Wednesday 15th March. The action was called by the union's higher education committee which met on Friday 24th February. 

The union has called this date (15 March) in addition to those set to take place on Thursday 16, Friday 17, Monday 20, Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 March. 

Read full news item on UCU website

1st March 2023
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Industrial action paused

UCU announced on Friday 17 February that they have reached a point in discussions with employers where they have made significant progress across a range of issues. To allow the ongoing negotiations to continue in a constructive environment UCU has agreed to pause action across the pay and pension disputes for the next two weeks and create a period of calm. 

20th February 2023
UCU rising - first strike date is 1 February

Strike dates updated with 4 weekend dates

For the upcoming strike action the Open University pattern will include two weekends, These have been added where the existing pattern already had a Friday. Therefore the 'extra' dates will be Saturday 11th February, Sunday 12th February, Saturday 18th March and Sunday 19th March. See list of the national UCU strike dates below.

How does this work?

Staff who work the normal 5-day working pattern (or a part-time portion of the standard weekday work week) are not affected by this. You would not declare the extra strike days.

30th January 2023
Fiver before the fifth - donate a fiver to UCU fighting fund

Fiver Before the Fifth campaign

There is a campaign to raise money for UCU's fighting fund ahead of the industrial action in the face of employer intransigence on JNCHES (pay, equalities, workload and casualisation) and pensions. 

This branch invites all members: 

20th January 2023
UCU rising - first strike date is 1 February

Strike days announced by UCU

UCU have announced that 18 days of industrial action will take place in February and March 2023 in the pay and pensions disputes, read the UCU press release here

The first strike day will be Wednesday 1st February. 


13th January 2023
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Nottingham Clarion Choir videos

Members of the Nottingham Clarion Choir joined our picket line at the OU office in Nottingham on one of the strike days in November 2022. One of our members took these videos and she is happy for us to share them. The same UCU member also made a beautiful picket arm band in the photo on this page. 

Further information about the Choir is on their website.

Videos of the Choir singing.

15th December 2022

AL newsletter issue 6

We have sent another issue of our Associate Lecturer (AL)  newsletter to all AL members, you can read the newsletter here

18th November 2022

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