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Statement: Peter Armstrong

Published: 6th April, 2022

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Trade Union Law & Industrial Action

Published: 4th April, 2022

Our current mandate for industrial action in the name of the Four Fights and in defence of USS Pensions expires on 3 May. As you know, we are reballoting members in order to prolong the action. This is necessary due to the restrictions imposed by the Trade Union Act 2016. The law places UCU (and…

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Picket Post: What We Can Do

Published: 23rd March, 2022

In this next edition of the Picket Post, one Leicester UCU member explores why we are striking, why it matters to them, to all of us, and how we can help make a difference. If you would like to contribute to this ongoing series, please forward any pieces to Cara Dobbing, Communications Officer ( This…

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Picket Post: Manageable Workloads

Published: 21st March, 2022

One of the four fights concerns workload, and the rising pressures on staff in recent years. In this next edition of Picket blog posts, we focus on what manageable workloads look like, and why they are important to the Four Fights dispute. If you would like to contribute to this ongoing series, please forward any…

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Reballot FAQs

Published: 11th March, 2022

What are the reballots about? UCU members are being reballoted on the Four Fights, and USS Pensions as the current mandate ends on 3 May. FOUR FIGHTS:  1. Wages of University staff have fallen in real terms by over 20%. 2. Workloads have increased to unprecedented levels with University staff performing an average of two days’ unpaid work every…

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