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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.

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Industrial Action: Please see the Cambridge UCU 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 for them.

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 provided.

Market Pay Ballot, Result

Placet: 362
Non placet: 707
Turnout: 1,069

(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. Full report available.

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