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When the pay rise offered is so low that it does not even keep up with the increased cost of living.
Read the full message on pay deflation from the UCU general seretary.
We urge you to make a stand, show solidarity and join us on the picket line. You can sign up for picket duty on the doodle link above or just turn up. Even if you can only spare an hour come along and support your colleagues and fellow members. The picket lines start at 8.00am and run through until 2.00pm. Please come along to the Main Building steps and see us so we can direct you to an entrance and give you some strike materials.
If you cannot join the picket please let the School know you will be taking strike action. It is important you do this even if you are not expected on campus those days e.g. on sabbatical or normally working from home etc. You are not obligated to notify the School that you are taking strike action until after you have taken it. So on Friday tell your manager and HR that you’ve been on strike.
We also want to address pay erosion, pay inequality and increasing casualisation. To support this, in addition to the national strike, the Higher Education Committee (HEC) has agreed
an instruction to members to work to contract with effect from 25 May 2016. Full guidance will be issued on what you should and should not do.
to make preparations for further action aimed at student admissions and at the setting and marking of students' work should the employers not improve their offer.
Finally, outside the action, the union will also be appealing to all members to resign, giving due notice, from currently held external examiner positions and not to take up new ones until the dispute is settled.
Below is more information and strike material:
The University and College Union (UCU) represents more than 120,000 academics, lecturers, trainers, instructors, researchers, managers, administrators, computer staff, librarians and postgraduates in universities, colleges, prisons, adult education and training organisations across the UK. UCU is the largest post-school union in the world: a force working for educators and education that employers and the government cannot ignore.
We negotiate salaries and conditions of employment for our members, as well as seeking to represent their views on professional matters affecting all aspects of higher education. Negotiations take place both nationally and through Local Associations in individual institutions.
To join the UCU, you must join your Local Association. Please join online or contact the membership secretary or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also information about the benefits of membership on the national UCU website. Joint membership is possible if you are already a member of certain other unions. Details are here.
The best way to contact us is via email at: email@example.com. The UCU Branch Secretary is currently Veronique Mizgailo.
From the 30th of November 2015 our branch administrator, Isabel, will be in our office at OLDG.16 every Monday. She cannot offer specialist advice but will be able to direct your query, give information on how to join, and what the union does. Do feel free to drop by and say hello.
Whilst we will endeavour to give you advice and help, or point you in the direction where you might obtain it, our resources are limited and our main aim is to serve and represent the interests of our members. For that reason, unless you are a member we will be unable to represent you in the event of a dispute or a problem.
Our branch committee members, reps and case workers are all volunteers who give of their own time for the benefit of the members, and there is often more work than we can handle. If you want to get involved, contribute to a campaign or become a branch rep get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or come along to one of our branch meetings.
Things you ought to know
UCU subscriptions are tax deductable
In broad terms, UCU members can get tax relief against their national subscription, excluding the political fund element. However, this eligibility may vary according to your individual circumstances, so please check with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
This makes your membership even more of a bargain.
UCU/LSE procedural agreement
UCU/LSE facilities agreement
National UCU web site
The pay scales for academic and academic-related staff
LSE HR alphabetical list of documents
USS web site
|Ethical investment for pension schemes
LSE UCU Information for GTAs and LSE Fellows|
Web pages published on behalf of LSE UCU Committee.
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Page last updated 24 May 2016