Saturday, 22 October 2016

Will YOU join NUS and UCU on Saturday November 19th and march? We are United for Education.

The government is waging war on students and our education.

Colleges have been cut to the core, with huge job losses and course closures. 

Tuition fees are rising and the government is forcing universities to run like businesses.

Students are facing higher debt than ever before with maintenance grants and NHS bursaries scrapped, student loan terms changed and tuition fees set to reach £12,000 by 2026.

The government has ignored students and staff for too long – this has to stop.

Students – let’s march in our thousands and show the government we will not be ignored.

Alongside our staff, we have the power to halt cuts and stop fees rising even more.

Together we are a force too large to ignore.

Will YOU join NUS and UCU on Saturday November 19th and march?

We are United for Education.

#Demo #Nov19

Libraries,Museums & galleries demo 5/11

World trade union meeting unites against TiSA and CETA

World trade union meeting unites against TiSA and CETA

Pics from Panama

Global trade union leaders meeting in Panama have united in condemnation of TiSA (the Trade in Services Agreement and CETA (the Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement). The representatives, who were attending a key ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) meeting, highlighted the risks that both trade agreements pose to jobs and job security.

The two-day event is being held in Panama in recognition of that country’s role as a key global transport hub and component of the Federation’s plans for building the future of work LINK

Among those protesting against the trade deals were union representatives from Australia, Canada, Chile, Taiwan, Colombia, Costa Rica, European Union member states, Hong Kong China, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States. All pledged to renew their objections with their own governments.

The ITF has been one of the harshest critics of the trade agreements and has repeatedly warned of its little publicised risks and built-in injustices. It has laid out how they  will affect transport workers  LINK  such as seafarers, dockers and aviation workers, by undermining maritime cabotage rules that support vital national marine trades and knowledge, and throwing open nations’ ports and airports to predatory corporate raiders. The Federation has also allied itself with other international union organisations that have exposed the trade pacts’ agenda of promoting unwanted privatisation and liberalisation LINK .

ITF president Paddy Crumlin commented:
TiSA and CETA are a threat to all that trade unions hold dear – secure, safe and worthwhile jobs and the preservation of essential and hard fought standards. No one should be surprised that we have pledged to go from this meeting and continue the fight against them.
ITF general secretary Steve Cotton said:
Unions must keep up the pressure on TiSA and CETA and this event in Panama has been well timed and placed to assist with that, as the TiSA negotiators meet in Washington and the deadline for parties to submit their second revised market access offers falls tomorrow – not to mention the Belgium vote. Rarely have so many opportunities for us to be heard in pointing out the secretive and unjust nature at the core of these talks lined up together.

# ITFPanamaEB
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Friday, 21 October 2016

UCU campaigns

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Dear colleague

In this week’s campaigns update:

Higher education (HE) pay – next steps
At its meeting on 14 October, the union’s higher education committee (HEC) discussed UCEA’s imposed 1.1% pay award and the final offer of future joint work on casualisation and the gender pay gap. The HEC heard a report summarising the feedback from the consultation with branches and discussed the union’s response. After discussion and debate, the HEC voted to pause and consult members on the next steps by conducting an indicative ballot. The HEC agreed that members would be asked whether they wish to accept UCEA’s offer to continue with the joint work on casualisation and the gender pay gap or whether they wish to take further sustained industrial action with the aim of improving the offer. Members will be provided with a commentary summarising where we are in the dispute and providing information on the consequences of voting to take further action, including the likelihood of an assessment boycott and the union’s plans for responding to punitive pay deductions.

Transforming lives: showcasing the power of further education
As further education (FE) continues to face funding cuts and mergers, UCU has launched a campaign to highlight the importance of the sector and its power to change people’s lives. In the coming months we will, with your help, be showing politicians and decision makers the human face of FE and asking them to give support to the remarkable and hardworking people who work in FE. Please take a look at the stories collected in our Transforming Lives campaign and share the link with colleagues and friends. 

Success at Coventry
UCU is pleased to confirm that staff who were put on FutureWorks agency contracts will now be offered CU Services employment contracts, recognition has now been agreed and in addition, the union and the University have agreed to meet for talks around the issue of dealing with recognition in the group’s companies. Thank you to all members who supported our campaign at Coventry.Please read more here.

Also this week:
• In the news
• Union votes to censure London Metropolitan University
• Victory at Hull College as redundancy threat lifted
• Senior management survey (SMS) to audit university management practices
• Demonstrate for Education: 19 November
• Build the union: recruitment week 21 November 2016
• UCU Learning for Life: develop your career with our CPD courses
• Further education England consultative ballot open
• Save Manchester Metropolitan University Cheshire campus
• Ask your MP to Let Refugees Learn
• Further education staff governors’ conference: change with care?
• Disability History Month: 22 November to 22 December 2016
• Equality conference: 1-3 December 2016
• UCU LGBT+ research conference

Please click here.

All the best

Ed Bailey
UCU acting head of campaigns

From Grunwick to Deliveroo - migrant workers, trade unions & the new economy

From Grunwick to Deliveroo - migrant workers, trade unions & the new economy

A one-day conference on migrant workers, trade unions and the new economy.

Forty years ago Asian women at Grunwick led a strike for basic human dignity at work and for the right to join to a trade union. Today these battles are still being fought, often by migrant workers in precarious employment conditions. The experiences of workers at Byron revealed the extent to which migrant workers can be exploited by 'the new economy' and tossed aside when no longer needed, while those at Deliveroo showed that resistance is both necessary and possible.

This one-day conference will bring together campaigners, trade unionists, activists and thinkers to examine the changing nature of work and the terrains for resistance.


Willesden Library Centre
95 High Road
NW10 2SF

Willesden Green tube (Jubilee line)

Although a free event, please ensure you book your place HERE as spaces are limited.

Sessions will include: 

  • The legacy of Grunwick
  • Do we need independent trade unions?
  • Building community support
  • What does Brexit mean for workers
  • Resisting immigration raids
  • Building community support

Confirmed participants are:

  • Rita Chadha (Refugee and Migrant Forum Essex and London
  • Dr Sundari Anitha
  • Suresh Grover (The Moniroring Group)
  • Anti Raids Network
  • Amrit Wilson (writer, activist)
  • Durham teaching assistants
  • Jack Dromey MP
  • Unite Hotel Workers Branch
  • United Workers of the World Union (Deliveroo and other campaigns)
  • More to be announced

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Transforming Lives', a UCU campaign

 Dear colleague,

I wanted to update you on 'Transforming Lives', a UCU campaign which showcases the power of further education (FE) to change lives.

The first remarkable case studies are collected here.

It is hard not to be moved by the life stories of the amazing people found by project authors Vicky Duckworth and Rob Smith.

The recurring theme in these stories is the influence of a committed and inspiring teacher. Yet since 2010 thousands of teaching jobs have been cut from colleges in order to save money.

UCU has calculated that to replace capacity in further education lost since 2009/10 will require 15,000 additional teachers and £700m additional public investment. That is an essential investment in the people who need FE most.

In the coming months we will, with your help, be showing politicians the human face of FE and asking them to give their support to Adam, Pippa, Herbert and the other remarkable people this project showcases.

Will you help us?

Please share the link with everyone you know by email or social media.

Please share your own stories of transformation here.

Thank you for your support.

Sally Hunt
UCU general secretary

Sunday, 16 October 2016




Oct 19 - Nov 2Brent Museum and Archives · London


Sat 10:30 AMWillesden Green Library Centre · London
Shared to Brent Fightback


Wed 7 PMSOAS, Khalili Lecture Theatre Lower Ground Floor, Main Building, Thornhaugh Street, WC1H 0XG