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Free University of Leicester – awesome teach-out events!

Published: 19th February, 2018

Check out the fantastic teach-outs we’ll be running on almost every strike afternoon!

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Out-of-office wording

Published: 16th February, 2018

As explained in the Strike FAQ, UCU members should not read or respond to any emails whilst on strike, and should immediately delete, unread, all emails on return to work — except for those from students. During strike periods, we ask you to put an out-of-office auto-reply on your emails. We suggest the following text — though of course…

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Everything you want to know about the strike in 2 mins

Published: 16th February, 2018

Staff and students from the University of Warwick answer your questions in this new video! “This is an opportunity, we can call for free tuition. We can call for new learning environments. We can use strikes to create a new, different university. We can win!”

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Picketing locations

Published: 12th February, 2018

Note that some “locations” will cover a number of different buildings/entrances.  See full screen Allocation of departments to locations ALL MEMBERS ARE EXPECTED, IF ABLE, TO PARTICIPATE IN PICKETING! This is not an optional extra, it is an essential part of our action. During previous actions, the University has often been able to point…

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Made in Westminster: the source of the USS ‘crisis’ – and the solution

Published: 9th February, 2018

In this post, Sean Wallis locates three causes of the USS pensions ‘crisis’. First, the 2014 Pensions Act, which allows employers to prioritise their own growth over funding of their pension scheme. Second, quantitative easing, which means that the yield on government securities (which are supposedly less risky than equities) is extremely low — not…

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Leicester University Students’ Union supports strike!

Published: 5th February, 2018

The students’ union at University of Leicester has issued has issued a statement saying it is ‘in full support of UCU… Leicester Students’ Union encourages our members to visit picket lines to show support on strike days and engage with staff on the action that they’re taking. The Students’ Union President, Amy Moran, will continue…

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Good explanations: the black hole at the heart of UUK’s plan for USS

Published: 2nd February, 2018

Pensions tend to be pretty boring subjects for most people – and there’s a lot of complexity and also obsfuscation around the present ‘crisis’ (yes, that’s in inverted commas) in the USS scheme, the cause of our present dispute with our employers, Universities UK. Below are some useful guides and summaries. Sam Marsh and his…

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Students should get a refund

Published: 31st January, 2018

Robert Liow, of King’s College London, blames vice-chancellors for the forthcoming pensions strikes: he suggests ‘that it is unfair to expect students to cross picket lines or do anything besides stand with striking academics’ and that ‘unless UUK can take action to resolve the dispute and prevent the strike, universities must do the right thing…

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Decisive support for strike action

Published: 28th January, 2018

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Strike Action – Frequently Asked Questions

Published: 26th January, 2018

Below we answer the most frequently asked questions. More FAQs are answered on the UCU national website: National FAQs. Why is this industrial action being called? Did Leicester UCU members vote for sustained industrial action? Will the strike action go ahead? When will we be on strike? What happens on a strike? What is Action…

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