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Colleges return to ballot

02 September 2008
Lecturers in the UCU union are returning to colleges and universities this week with a flurry of ballots for action over pay and conditions.

Nottingham Trent University to end union recognition agreement

16 July 2008
Members of the UCU lecturers’ union at Nottingham Trent University are angry at management’s announcement that they are giving three months notice to end the current recognition agreement.

Management climbdown after UCU threaten Keele with greylisting

17 June 2008
Members of the UCU lecturers’ union at Keele university have won a victory in their fight against threatened redundancies in the School of Economic and Management Studies (SEMS).

London lecturers strike as unions lobby for fair pay

10 June 2008
Some 7,000 further education lecturers in the UCU union in London took strike action on Monday of this week as part of their battle against a below-inflation pay offer.

London lecturers strike over pay

03 June 2008
Around 7,000 further education lecturers in the UCU union in London are set to strike on Monday of next week in the next stage of the battle against Gordon Brown’s public sector pay limit.

UCU conference: rising spirit against market in education

03 June 2008
The UCU lecturers’ union conference in Manchester last week was dominated by discussion of how Labour’s neoliberal policies are harming education. It was marked by a growing confidence that lecturers can fight back.

Fightback Thursday: reports from north east England

24 April 2008
Across the region there were solid strikes including a number of colleges. Tracey Errington, a lecturer in the UCU union at Newcastle College, said, "I continue to be appalled that an organisation which repeatedly projects a corporate image of continual improvement and success, will not reward those who are paramount in ensuring both, on a day to day basis. Lecturers only ask for recognition and to be valued for the excessive workloads and achievements that are credited to the college as a whole."

UCU organises tour by Palestinian academics

15 April 2008
The UCU lecturers’ union has organised a tour of Palestinian academics, who will be visiting towns across Britain from this Sunday.

Lecturers vote to join public sector pay strikes

15 April 2008
The Strike vote by further education lecturers vote is brilliant. It reflects the fact that a lot of hard work from UCU union members has gone into the campaign. People are absolutely thrilled – we now have a two to one in favour of strike action and a seven to one vote in favour of some sort of action.

Lecturers balloting to join action with teachers

08 April 2008
College lecturers in the UCU union are working towards a big strike vote in our pay ballot – which closes on 14 April.

Lobby against redundancies at Keele university

01 April 2008
Members of the UCU union and other protesters are set to lobby the council of Keele university on Thursday of this week over the threatened redundancy of 38 of the 67 staff in the School of Economic and Management Studies.

Sally Hunt writes: 'Lecturers are set to join the battle'

25 March 2008
The UCU union is balloting members in further education (FE) colleges in England to take strike action in support of a better pay deal. Our pay claim, agreed with other FE unions calls for a 6 percent increase or £1,500, whichever is the greater.

Lecturers: fight hard for a strong Yes vote for action

18 March 2008
Lecturers in further education colleges in the UCU union received ballot papers this week for a strike over pay and conditions. Our claim this year is for 6 percent or £1,500.

Further education lecturers ballot for action

11 March 2008
Lecturers in further education in the UCU union will begin balloting this week over whether to take strike action against their below-inflation pay offer.

Unions oppose market agenda

04 March 2008
This week saw the launch of the "Our Schools, Our Colleges, Our Communities" campaign in London, organised by the UCU and NUT unions to fight back against the free market agenda in education.

A vote to defend UCU union’s freedom

04 March 2008
Members of the UCU union in the higher education sector have rejected proposed changes to national negotiating structures. Over 60 percent voted no on a turnout of 27 percent.

Left consolidated in UCU union elections

04 March 2008
The UCU Left has won 16 of the 33 seats up for election to the union’s national executive.

UCU members reject restrictions on industrial action

28 February 2008
Members of the UCU union in higher education have voted to reject proposed changes to national negotiating structures. Some 61 percent voted no and 39 percent voted yes on a turnout of 27 percent.

UCU FE executive election result due

26 February 2008
The election for national executive positions in the University and College Union (UCU) ends shortly.

Union launches campaign in further education

19 February 2008
Further education lecturers in the UCU union have launched a new campaign – Our Schools, Our Colleges, Our Communities, Our Unions.

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