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We utterly condemn the racist abuse by white supremacist group ‘Generation Identity’ towards UCU Vice President Nita Sanghera.

Nita has campaigned tirelessly up and down the country alongside Stand Up to Racism to keep racism and the far right off our university and college campuses. She has stood up against ‘alt-right’ organisations such as Generation Identity who have attempted to spread racist and nazi propaganda at our educational institutions.

We admire and commend all those who stand up against the far right and we will not accept any such attacks on the first black woman Vice President of our union.

– Statement passed by 3rd meeting of #UCUTransformed, London 2 March 2019 Continue reading

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National organising meeting, 2 March

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#UCUTransformed
National organising meeting

Saturday 2 March, 12-3pm

1-19 Torrington Place
University College London
Nearest tube: Goodge Street

Registration from 11.30am

Called by UCU London Region. Supported by UCU Left, Branch Solidarity Network.

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UCU in Transformation – Education in Crisis

  • After the HE pay ballot – where next?
  • What next in the USS dispute?
  • After the strikes: building for FE Round 3
  • The Augur review, Brexit and the threat of university bankruptcy

The unprecedented USS strikes last year triggered a huge upswing in union activism and membership. HE strikes inspired FE branches to win ballots for pay, despite a decade-long starvation of funds, a million course places lost and redundancies to match. But how do union activists keep up the momentum in the face of new challenges and threats? Continue reading

Solidarity rally & GTVO – 29 Jan 2019

6pm, Tuesday 29 January

Lecture Theatre 505,
5th floor, Maths / UCL student union building
25 Gordon Street WC1

Speakers include UCU, UNISON, Kevin Courtney NEU

Called by London Region UCU and Camden UNISON

Nearest tube: Euston / Euston Sq.

  • Show your solidarity
  • Learn from workers fighting back
  • Get the vote out in Higher Education

We have all suffered for over a decade a wage cut in real terms. Employers tell us the money is not there to pay us a decent living whilst their pay packets soar. Increasingly workers across different sectors are saying enough is enough!

Further Education colleges on the 29/30th January will start their second phase of strikes by taking two more days of strike action over pay. Traffic Wardens on the 4th February will enter their third phase of strikes to secure a decent living wage. In Higher Education seventy thousand workers across 143 Universities are being balloted for strike over pay.

Apologies for not being able to make the rally but you can rest assured that I support your campaign for fair pay. A decade of austerity has left far too many workers facing real difficulties making ends meet, whilst the richest have seen their living standards rise.

Austerity is a political choice not an economic necessity. A Labour government would reverse austerity and make sure that no one in work struggled to support themselves and their families. I call upon all those in the trade union movement to show support for these campaigns.

Good Luck. In Solidarity – John McDonnell MP shadow chancellor

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Historic pay and casualisation deal at London CCCG FE colleges

Congratulations to UCU members at CCCG. This is a brilliant victory by your members. Staff working in FE are among the lowest paid in the education sector. This award, alongside the fractionalisation agreement is an important step in ensuring staff are valued for the vital work they do. Congratulations to the governing body in agreeing this bold and progressive step forward and I hope this signals a change in direction that the whole sector can follow.

In Solidarity

— John McDonnell MP, shadow chancellor

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UCU branches met today across the Capital City College Group (CCCG – City and Islington College, Westminster Kingsway College and the College of North East London) and agreed to settle on the 2018/19 pay claim. After several weeks of negotiations, the governors have agreed a pay offer of 5% to all staff in the group who earn less than £55k. Senior managers that earn between £56k up to £76k will be awarded 3% and those earning £76k+ will not get a pay increase this year.

The CEO has waived his right to an annual bonus.

The 5% award will be back-dated to September and is worth up to £2K pa which works out as up to £140 per month take home and will be put into the December pay packet. This will mean staff should expect up to £600 extra in their December pay packets.

This is an historic deal which will, we hope, give other colleges the confidence to follow. CCCG is the largest group in London and the third largest in the country. Continue reading

Report back from Resisting the Market conference

Resisting the Market, Uniting for: Pay, Pensions, Democracy, Equality and Justice

Organised by UCU Transformed, UCU Left, Branch Solidarity Network and OurUCU

Saturday 13 October 2018

This was an inspiring conference bringing people together who have fought for pensions and pay and campaigned to reclaim their university, are fighting precarity, oppose racism on campus and want to bring all staff in-house.

100 people attended from around 50 university and college branches.

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Most of the day was made up of workshops hosted from a diversity of campaigns. The day ended with a general assembly and discussion of the success of the pensions and pay campaigns and how to win the coming battles including the pay ballot closing on the 19th.

Workshops

Deepa DriverThe morning workshops included a meeting on USS: Where next after the JEP report? The session was run by a USS Briefs team including Felicity Callard, Jo Grady, Jaya John, Deepa Driver (left) and Carlo Morelli, national negotiator.

There was a very informative presentation on Adult Education, Devolution and Apprenticeships. Forogh Rahmani, a senior policy advisor from the London Mayor’s office, outlined how they were preparing for the devolution of adult funding. It was refreshing to be in a dialogue with policy makers who are listening and want to engage with unions. A link will be available here to the presentation. Continue reading

What next after the JEP: how can we build the pay fight?

London Region UCU Open Activist Meeting

Pensions and Pay – What next after the JEP and how can we build the pay fight?

Monday 17 September, 6.30pm

Room 1.20, Engineering Building, University College London
Entrance opposite Waterstones/ULU on Torrington Place. Nearest tube Goodge St.
Map and directions

All members welcome

This meeting is for members in Further and Higher Education to hear about the USS dispute and to discuss how we unite the union to fight over pay.

The report of the USS Joint Expert Panel has been published at www.ussjep.org.uk

USS branches are strongly encouraged to organise local meetings next week to discuss the report and next steps in the campaign.

UCU London Region has called a meeting for Monday 17 September for colleagues from all parts of the HE sector to discuss what the report means and to debate next steps in the campaign.

With ballots taking place over pay in both Higher and Further Education, one logical conclusion is that any cost increase imposed over pension costs should be billed to the employers in the pay campaign.

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