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
UCU / Unison banner on Senate House railings
Industrial Action: Please see the
Industrial Action Site for details of the action from 25th May.
Members should currently be working to contract.
Giulio Regeni, 1988-2016
The UCU has been shocked by the violent death suffered by Giulio Regeni,
a Cambridge PhD student,
whilst he was carrying out research in Egypt. The Cambridge
branch of the UCU has joined with our National headquarters in sending a
letter to the Egyptian
Ambassador requesting an independent investigation into Mr Regeni's
death, and into other similar disappearances. The University has also
requested an investigation
into the circumstances of Mr Regeni's death.
The Egyptian Ambassador responded to the UCU on 11th February by sending a copy
of a statement from the
Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Strike Day, Thursday 30th June
As part of the UCU's continuing
national action over pay,
the gender pay gap, and casualisation, the UCU has called a
one-day strike in Cambridge for
30th June. As usual, you are reminded that there is no obligation to
report one's intention to strike to management in advance, and that the
action does not include the Colleges, so one should continue to work normally
There will be a post-strike meet-up on Thursday at 5pm downstairs in the
The Anchor. Come and meet
other members (non-members more than welcome too)! Refreshments will be
Market Pay Ballot, Result
Non placet: 707
(I believe that the number of eligible voters is around 5,500, so
the turnout was low. A pleasing result though.)
National Pay Ballot Result
Strike Action: Yes 65.4%, No 34.5%
Action Short of a Strike: Yes 77.3%, No 22.7%
Turnout: just over 21,000.
A clear result.
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