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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.)

Market Pay Ballot, Monday 13th June to Thurday 23rd June

Members of Regent House are being asked to vote on a Grace which would make it easier for significant "market supplements" to pay to be awarded. The Local Association believes that such payments lack transparency, and lack a fair distribution between disciplines and genders, so it opposes a reduction in the current levels of scrutiny, and is encouraging members to vote non placet, and to encourage their Regent colleagues to do likewise. More detailed arguments are given here, along with the the non placet flysheet. The page for voting is here.

Defending the Public University:
a Discussion of the Alternative White Paper for Higher Education
17:00 Monday 20th June

The Cambridge UCU is hosting an early evening discussion of the Alternative White Paper for Higher Education on Monday 20th June, 5pm to 7pm, Room 2, Mill Lane Lecture Theatres. The speakers will be Profs Stefan Collini and David Midgley from Cambridge (founding members of the Council for the Defence of British Universities) and from London Drs Kerry Harman and Sean Wallis, contributors to 'The Alternative White Paper', which was launched earlier this week. Please come, and also invite your colleagues and friends to this open meeting.

Easter Term General Meeting, 12:30 Tuesday 14th June

The Local Association's Easter Term General Meeting will be at 12:30 on Tuesday 14th June in the Bramwell Lounge of the University Social Club. This is after the annual National Congress, so there will be reports from Congress. Agenda, President's Report, Pensions Officer's Report.

Work-to-Contract and Strike Meeting, 12:15 Thursday 2nd June

Work-to-contract and strike meeting, 12:15 Thursday 2nd June SG1 (ground floor) Alison Richard Building, 7, West Road. An important meeting for UCU members and supporters to discuss working-to-contract as part of UCU's national dispute with the employers over pay. We will also be discussing resigning from external examiner posts and planning for a one-day local strike for June/July.

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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