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The University and College Union is the largest trade union and professional association for academic and academic-related staff working in Further and Higher Education in the UK. Its membership is open to postdocs, and postgraduate students intending to work in the HE and FE sectors, as well as more senior academic staff. It is also open to academic-related staff at grade 6 and above.

Find out more about the Cambridge Local Association of the UCU, and visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Industrial Action 2018

The UCU has been forced to take industrial action to defend its members' pension rights. A scheme with a guaranteed pension is to be replaced by one offering no guarantees - a complete transferral of risk from the employers to employees. At the same time, the new scheme is expected to be worth considerably less according to the employers' own analysis.

Cambridge will follow the national strike days of 22nd, 23rd, 26th, 27th and 28th of February, 5th to 8th March, and 12th to 16th March. Members should work to contract (except on strike days!) from 22nd February.

There is much more information, including FAQs, on our dedicated strike site, and background information on our pensions page.

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The UCU offers up to four years free full membership to graduate students who teach, supervise or demonstrate.

Pensions Roadshows

The Cambridge UCU is hosting its own series of pensions meetings to explain the proposed changes to the USS, and why we oppose them. These meetings are all open to all.

National USS Ballot Result

The results from Cambridge for the USS strike ballot, which closed at noon on Friday 19th January, are:

Turnout: 57.5%
In favour of strike action: 89.4%
In favour of action short of a strike: 95.8%

Thus all the legal thresholds for strike action have been met in Cambridge, and over half of our membership cast ballots in favour of strike action.

Let us hope that the JNC meeting on 23rd January listens to this vote! (Update: we hoped. The employers did not move.)

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