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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.

23rd January 2020

Branch meeting dates for 2020

We have now set dates for Branch meetings for 2020, all OU UCU members are welcome to attend our Branch meetings and they all take place at either 12.30 or 1pm. We have sent Outlook meeting requests to all members for the meetings in 2020 up to the AGM in June. Any questions please email ucu@open.ac.uk.

The dates are all on the Events page.

9th January 2020


Last week the UCU negotiators sent a letter to UUK pushing for renewed negotiations. The letter is here: www.ucu.org.uk/media/10631/UCU_letter_to_phil_harding_November_2019/pdf/UCUlettertophilhardingNovember2019

On Monday a meeting was held with UUK. It's clear that this has been a result of the strength of the national strike action.

3rd December 2019

National negotiations update - 28/11/19

UCEA has agreed to consult with employers over the union demands on workload, casualisation and pay gaps, which it has always insisted were outside the mandate given by the employers. The employers may still say they refuse to give this mandate--but at least there are some conversations happening. However UCEA refuses to discuss pay. More detials can be found here: https://ucu.org.uk/article/10467/UCU-statement-on-latest-pay-talks

28th November 2019

Open letter to students - Strike action

The branch has published an open letter to our students, explaining our reasons for the strike action. You can find the full text here: view letter, 22nd November 2019

Feel free to share this link with students as appropriate.

24th November 2019
USS Pension justice

Ballot results

UCU announced the results of the two ballots on 31st October. UCU members back strikes over both pensions and pay and conditions. Read full news article.

4th November 2019

Workload survey - AL report

We had 150 responses to our Workload Survey from Associate Lecturers, a few of whom reported difficulty with a question about a "typical" week. The quantative results are similar to those from an AL workload survey we ran a few years ago with 1000 responses, reporting (on average) doing 50% on top of their paid hours.

21st October 2019
Open University Branch of UCU

Executive Committee nominations open until 14 October

Nominations for OU UCU branch officerships and executive member positions are open until 4pm on Monday 14th October 2019, as explained in the calling notice. Please think about standing if you have an interest in trade union work, or a desire to help your fellow employees with work related matters. If you want to know more about being a branch officer or executive member, contact us at ucu@open.ac.uk.

4th October 2019

Ballots are now open

There are now 2 ballots open on Pay and Equality plus the USS Pension dispute - please remember to post your ballot papers by 30th October 2019.

The branch has had some USS Pension justice T-shirts produced - please call into the UCU office (room 015 Wilson C block) or email ucu@open.ac.uk to collect or request a T-shirt.

USS dispute - further information

16th September 2019
USS update - It's Groundhog day

USS update - It's Groundhog day

Open meeting on USS: Thursday 5th September 2019 at 12.30pm in CMR15, Christodoulou Meeting room 15, email ucu@open.ac.uk for the Skype meeting request.

16th August 2019

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