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Leeds College of Art and Design picket for pay rise

16 June 2009
Around 30 lecturers in the UCU union at Leeds College of Art and Design (LCAD) picketed their college on Wednesday of last week as part of their union’s "IOU" campaign to win the implementation of a nationally agreed pay rise.

Strike threat gets results at Northumberland College

16 June 2009
The threat of strike action at Northumberland College has forced management to guarantee no compulsory redundancies. Workers in the UCU union have withdrawn their strike plans as a result.

UCU Congress debates campaigns

02 June 2009
This year’s UCU lecturers’ union annual congress was shaped by the impact of the growing recession and the fight for jobs and education.

UCU higher education sector conference

02 June 2009
The UCU higher education sector conference focused on our current national pay claim, workload and redundancies. It also addressed issues of governance, bullying, funding, casualisation and privatisation.

Lecturers' tough stance against government’s immigration system

02 June 2009
UCU congress took a tough stance against the government’s points based immigration system (PBSI), voting to boycott it and to campaign for it to be abolished.

UCU Congress backs Palestinians

02 June 2009
Lecturers at the UCU congress passed several motions in support of the Palestinians, including some in defiance of legal advice.

Lecturers' ballot suspended

19 May 2009
Lecturers in the UCU union in higher education will be disappointed to hear that the Higher Education Committee (HEC) has suspended their ballot for industrial action to defend jobs.

Battle lines are drawn at London Met college

12 May 2009
Lecturers in the UCU union at London Metropolitan University became the latest group to take action to defend education when they struck on Thursday of last week.

Victory over cuts at Doncaster

05 May 2009
A concerted campaign by UCU and Unison union members has averted the threat of major job losses at Doncaster college.

Lecturers to ballot against education cuts

28 April 2009
Lecturers in the UCU union in universities across Britain will begin balloting for industrial action over job cuts this week. The ballot follows a refusal by the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) to reach a national agreement with the unions to avoid redundancies in higher education.

Fighting job losses at London Met

07 April 2009
The UCU and Unison unions at London Metropolitan University are set to ballot for industrial action against planned job cuts.

United meeting against the recession

07 April 2009
Over 170 workers came to a trade union rally organised by the UCU lecturers’ union in central London on Thursday of last week that aimed to kickstart a united fight to defend jobs.

Success for left in UCU executive elections

10 March 2009
Results of the UCU national executive and national officer elections were being released as Socialist Worker went to press.

Statement of support for student occupations over Gaza from members of the UCU union NEC

06 February 2009
As members of the University and College Union National Executive Committee, we would like to send solidarity greetings to the students in the 17 universities who have occupied their universities in protest over the Gaza crisis. This is the largest wave of occupations for over a quarter of a century. Too often, the media seek to portray this generation of students as ones who do not share the aspirations of the 1968 generation – and deride you as, "Generation Apathy". Your actions have decisively dispelled this myth.

Jobs fight at London Metropolitan university

03 February 2009
Members of the UCU and Unison unions at London Metropolitan university are fighting attacks on their jobs.

Challenging the market in education conference

03 February 2009
Some 55 UCU union members from across the north west of England last week joined an inspiring conference in Manchester on Challenging the market in education.

Strikes over further education pay deal

27 January 2009
The UCU lecturers’ union’s "IOU" pay implementation campaign will escalate on 5 February when 11 colleges will be taking strike action.

UCU left candidates in upcoming election

20 January 2009
The UCU lecturers union will begin electing new national officers and members for its national executive committee at the beginning of February.

Lecturers vote to strike

20 January 2009
Members of the UCU lecturers’ union at 11 colleges have voted to strike on Thursday 5 February.

Lecturers’ union wins recognition at Nottingham Trent

09 December 2008
The UCU lecturers’ union at Nottingham Trent university has won a new union recognition agreement after three months of struggle.

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