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February, 2014:

Alternative Vision for UEL

A group of people have got together and written an alternative view of how UEL should develop. This is an interesting paper  UEL – an alternative plan and I would encourage you to read it. Should you have points that you wish UCU to take on board then please leave a comment to this post.


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Monday’s 10th February – Now a full day strike

Sally Hunt wrote to us earlier today about the next round of action regarding our pay dispute. She also pointed out that the minority Universities who have punitively decided to take a full day’s pay instead of the two hours have all had their strike extended to a full day. These minority institutions are: Aberdeen, Bradford, East London, West of Scotland, Greenwich, Staffordshire, the Leeds College of Art, Manchester Met, Nottingham Trent, Robert Gordon and Queen Mary UL.  (more…)

Pay Dispute Rally 2pm Thursday 6th Feb

UCU London Region is holding a rally at 2pm tomorrow at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. There will be speakers from UNISON, Unite and UCU. Link for map below (more…)

Strike Action Thursday 6th February

At the end of this post is the text of a letter that we suggest that you distribute to your students so that they understand why we are taking industrial action on Thursday 6th February. We have now had sufficient pledges of support to be able to extend the picket at Docklands to cover the afternoon period in addition to the morning period. This strike is a joint action with UNISON and UNITE and is in support of the pay claim.  It is very important that we show our collective unity on the picket line, not only because of the pay issue, but also over the very real threat of compulsory redundancies at UEL . Please make sure that you come to the picket line. (more…)

Petition in support of University of Birmingham students

A number of students at the University of Birmingham have been suspended following a peaceful occupation of a University of Birmingham building during a protest to defend education. Please follow the link for further details and to sign the petition

UCU branch meeting 1.15pm-3pm Wednesday 5th February (Docklands) EB.G.06 .

Please attend the the UCU branch meeting so that your wishes are reflected in the discussions and decisions of the branch as a whole. The agenda items are Pay Dispute; Academic compulsory redundancies; Restructuring of administrative functions and possible redundancies; Voluntary Severance scheme; Student attendance policy