This week saw the launch of the “our colleges, our communities, our union” campaign in the UCU lecturers union, to fight for decent pay for further and adult education lecturers in preparation of a ballot for industrial action.
The Association of Colleges (AoC) has offered 2.55 percent. With inflation running at over 4 percent, this amounts to a pay cut.
UCU will be attempting to coordinate its campaign and ballot alongside the NUT teachers union. A pay rally organised by the NUT and supported by the London Region of the UCU will take place is on Thursday of this week.
The union is asking every member to sign an petition that will be sent to the AoC.
Sean Vernell, national executive committee UCU (pc)
The UCU national executive meeting also decided to arrange a tour of Palestinian speakers to visit Britain in the spring of next year and elected two UCU national executive members to join a fact-finding delegation to Palestine. Previous legal advice given to the union regarding the issue of the Israeli academic boycott has been referred to the union’s legal council for consideration.
The UCU union at Oxford Brookes university held a meeting on Wednesday of last week over the threat of 12 to14 full time equivalent cuts of academic staff in the school of Education. The branch reaffirmed its commitment to ballot for industrial action.
Bob Waugh, UCU rep, Oxford Brookes
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