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Lecturers' union conference backs Palestinian rights

31 May 2007
The UCU lecturers’ conference passed a series of motions on Wednesday supporting Palestinian rights, calling for discussions about solidarity, and supporting debate around a possible boycott of Israeli academic institutions

Successful lecturers' strike at Harlow College

29 May 2007
Lecturers in the UCU union at Harlow College in Essex struck on Thursday and Friday of last week against management’s attempts to impose a draconian new contract.

Challenges for the new UCU lecturers' union

29 May 2007
This week will see the first annual congress of the University and Colleges Union (UCU) which was formed last year from the merger of the AUT and Natfhe unions.

Six colleges ballot for action against Esol cuts

22 May 2007
The UCU lecturers’ union is balloting its members at six further education colleges in London that are facing cuts to English for students of other languages (Esol) and adult education.

Harlow College lecturers will take strike action to defend jobs

11 May 2007
Teaching staff at Harlow College – members of the UCU union – have voted for strike action as part of a campaign to defend their contracts and jobs.

No platform the BNP at Bath University

08 May 2007
Members of the UCU lecturers’ unions in the south west of England are building for a protest against BNP leader Nick Griffin, who intends to speak at Bath university on Monday of next week.

UCU activists meeting on organising in colleges

24 April 2007
Last Saturday 35 UCU union members from 18 different London colleges came to an activists’ meeting. It was one of the most exciting meetings that we have had for a long time.

Protests grow in fight for Esol English language classes

24 April 2007
Over 100 people attended the Tower Hamlets College Save Esol (English for speakers of other languages) rally, organised by the UCU lecturers’ union on Wednesday of last week.

City College Manchester lecturers to strike

17 April 2007
Lecturers at City College Manchester have voted to strike. In an 85 percent yes vote for action, members of the UCU union have shown their anger at new contracts with fewer holidays and increased teaching hours for new lecturers.

UCU Left: Building on success

24 March 2007
There is general agreement among lecturers that while many people were happy at the number of UCU Left supporters elected to the executive, the numbers voting were pitifully low.

Left candidates win lecturers’ UCU union elections

24 March 2007
The left has achieved remarkable success in the national executive elections for the lecturers’ union, UCU.

Why did Sally Hunt win the UCU general secretary election?

17 March 2007
Sally Hunt has been elected general secretary of the UCU lecturers’ union.

Lecturers' victory at Dundee University

10 March 2007
Dundee University has withdrawn its threat of compulsory redundancies. This is a victory for the UCU lecturers' union after a vigorous campaign.

Lecturers need a fighting union

03 March 2007
There are just days left in the election for the UCU lecturers’ union general secretary and national executive.

Keep campaigning for Roger Kline and UCU Left

24 February 2007
There are just two weeks left until the ballot closes for the UCU national executive and general secretary positions. It is vital that lecturers use every opportunity to talk to their colleagues about the importance of voting for Roger Kline and the other UCU Left candidates.

Fight for votes in UCU election

17 February 2007
Lecturers across Britain have received the ballot papers for the UCU general secretary and national executive positions this week. The ballot runs until 7 March, and lecturers need to keep campaigning throughout the election period.

UCU Left candidates in fight for education

10 February 2007
As ballot papers went out this week for the University and College Union (UCU) national executive positions, candidates supported by UCU Left – including general secretary candidate Roger Kline – were campaigning against creeping privatisation of education.

Vote for Roger Kline in UCU general secretary elections

03 February 2007
The ballot papers for the general secretary and national executive positions in the University and College Union (UCU) are due to be sent out next week. The ballot runs from 7 February to 7 March.

Roger Kline's UCU leadership campaign is gathering steam

27 January 2007
The campaign by Roger Kline, the left wing candidate for general secretary of the newly merged University and College Union (UCU), is well under way.

UCU lecturers step up campaign for Roger Kline

20 January 2007
The ballot papers for the election of the general secretary and national executive members of the new UCU lecturers’ union are due to be sent out in two weeks.

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