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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lecturers vote to strike

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

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’ 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.

Alternative summit meets

02 December 2008
As part of a response to the economic crisis, the London region of UCU took the initiative in calling an Alternative Economic Summit on Monday of last week.

Lecturers take on the market

02 December 2008
Over 30 UCU union members from the Yorkshire and Humberside and Northern regions attended a conference in York last Saturday titled, "Challenging the market in education".

Higher education conference votes for pay claim

11 November 2008
The UCU union held a special pay conference last Saturday for lecturers and researchers in universities. Delegates voted overwhelmingly to prepare for a major pay battle in 2009.

Build fight over lecturers' pay

04 November 2008
On Friday of this week the UCU union will hold a conference of lecturers in higher education to discuss our 2009 pay claim.

Meeting discusses trade union unity in face of recession

28 October 2008
The London region of the UCU education union initiated a meeting last week to discuss organising a joint trade union response to the recession.

UCU on strike at Nottingham Trent over derecognition

21 October 2008
Members of the UCU lecturers’ union at Nottingham Trent university struck on Tuesday of this week in protest at management threats to derecognise their union.

Higher education union meeting to discuss pay claim

21 October 2008
The higher education (HE) sector of the UCU union meets on 7 November to discuss the pay claim that we will be submitting to our employers.

Barnsley college dispute resolved

21 October 2008
Members of the UCU union at Barnsley college have voted to call off their campaign of strikes to win the reinstatement of sacked UCU branch official Bob Willerton.

Striking against sackings at Barnsley College

14 October 2008
Barnsley college was brought to a virtual standstill on Tuesday of last week by a strike by over 200 lecturers in the UCU union.

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