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Four Fights and USS disputes… where now?

Last week we invited all members of Leicester UCU to give their views on the present situation in the Four Fights and USS disputes. These views informed discussions of the union’s Higher Education Committee, which met on 27 May to try to agree where next.  There are four parts to this communication. First, we repeat…

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Statement re: Schools Re-opening on June 1st

The committee of Leicester UCU write to express our complete support for the National Education Union (NEU) during this time of crisis. We are all keen for schools and colleges to re-open, but this must not happen until there is assurance that all involved are protected. Teaching staff, support staff, parents and children need to be…

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In these turbulent times…

A letter to all Leicester UCU members from branch chair Sarah Seaton. During these turbulent times I am mindful that lots of union work occurs behind the scenes, and we are not always able to keep you all constantly updated. I am sorry for that, we do our best. However, I want to assure you…

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Letter to BBC Radio Leicester concerning racist abusive of journalist

Last week it was reported that BBC journalist Sima Kotecha was racially abused whilst preparing to broadcast from Leicester city centre. With our sister UCU branch at DMU we have written to BBC Radio Leicester expressing our shock and our solidarity. Dear BBC Radio Leicester, The De Montfort University and University of Leicester branches of the…

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Force Majeure? Farce Majeure

Tomorrow there is an ‘urgency committee’ meeting of the University’s Senate. UCU has no representation on Senate, but we are usually permitted to send an observer. We have not been invited to tomorrow’s emergency meeting. We only learned it was taking place via a member sympathetic to UCU.  One item on the agenda tomorrow is…

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