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Strike Schedule

Published: 29th November, 2021

Our strike schedule for 21-25 March will be updated shortly.

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Response to “Student Update” on Strike Action

Published: 25th November, 2021

A recent email issued to students by Geoff Green, the University of Leicester Registrar and Secretary, argued against the strike by the University and College Union due to take place on 1-3 December 2021. It contained a number of dubious claims about our action. We would like to set the record straight. 1) “…this action…

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Upcoming Strike Action

Published: 17th November, 2021

Leicester UCU and its members will be on strike 1-3 December. This is in defence of the four fights: 1) Improved working conditions; 2) Closing of equality pay gaps; 3) Increased pay;  and 4) An end to casualisation. In the recent ballot, our branch achieved a mandate for strike action and action short of strike…

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Phase 2 Redundancies

Published: 11th October, 2021

As you will be aware, Phase 2 of the redundancy process began in September 2021. Here, we share some of the proposed changes that will, the Executive Board state, result in a reduction of five posts. However, the impact will be far reaching, as it will ultimately affect many academics and professional services staff across…

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Health & Safety Guidance

Published: 1st October, 2021

Leicester UCU has been engaging in discussions with University management regarding members’ concerns about the risk posed by Covid-19, as staff who have been working primarily from home return to campus. Ventilation in Teaching Rooms Ventilation in rooms used by staff and students has emerged as a central issue in reducing the risk of infection….

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Shaping for Excellence: How it’s Going

Published: 22nd September, 2021

Now that Nishan Canagarajah has embarked on Phase 2 of his grand ‘Shaping for Excellence’ plans. What about Phase 1? We have not forgotten about the 21 compulsory redundancies. We have not forgotten about the hundreds more that were forced to take voluntary severance, or resigned in disgust. We also have not forgotten about the…

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Three Day Strike: Reflections

Published: 14th June, 2021

Reflecting on our short, sharp strike action last week, there is a lot we can be proud of. Physical and virtual picketers turned out in solidarity, along with lots of well wishers supporting our cause and some rousing speeches from external commentators. The strike took on three key daily themes that have been incredibly relevant…

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Strike Day One: Reflections

Published: 9th June, 2021

Today, our three day strike began. A socially distanced physical picket line was in force until 11:30am when colleagues marched across campus, ending on the lawn in front of the Fielding Johnson building. The atmosphere was kind, jovial and there was an incredible sense of solidarity. Members conversed with staff, students and members of the…

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