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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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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