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UCU / Unison banner on Senate House railings

Industrial Action: the action in opposition to the 1.1% pay offer, which included working to contract and boycotting external examination positions, ended on 15th November, although no improvement to the pay award had been obtained. Joint work on the Gender Pay Gap and on Casualisation has been promised by the employers.

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.

AGM Tuesday 29th November, 12:30, Room 9, Mill Lane Lecture Theatres

Jonathan White, the UCU's National Bargaining and Negotiations Official, will address us at this meeting on the subject of casualisation. Jonathan's talk will be open to all. The formal business of the AGM will follow as a closed meeting.

National Recruitment Week, 21st to 25th November

Black & Ethnic Minority Members CPD half-day,
12:30 to 16:30, 21st November, Pembroke College

Please contact Chris Aitken, caitken @ ucu.org.uk to register this event which is open to BME members and non-members considering joining the UCU.

The Gender Pay Gap
24th November, 12:30, Nihon Room, Pembroke College.

Helen Carr, the UCU's National Head of Equality, will speak on this important subject. This meeting is open to members and non-members. Please consider displaying a poster.

Joint UCU/NUS Rally in Central London
United for Education
Saturday 19th November

Join UCU and NUS members from across the country in this show of support for education and opposition to cuts and fees. If you wish to make use of a coach organised for Cambridge and the ARU (£6 return) please let w.yaqoob @ gmail.com know as soon as possible.

PdOC After Work: Pensions
Monday 14th November, 18:00 to 20:00, 16 Mill Lane

The PdOC society is running a meeting on the USS pensions scheme which will be addressed by both the University's Head of Pensions, and the CUCU's Pensions Officer. This event is open to PdOC members only, and one needs to sign up in advance by following the above link. Membership of the PdOC society is free to all University postdocs and JRFs.

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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