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UCU special conference on higher education

13 November 2007
The UCU union held a special conference on higher education (HE) last week with over 100 delegates attending from universities across Britain. The conference was called in response to the employers’ threats to abandon national bargaining.

Lecturers' union to hold special higher education pay conference

06 November 2007
The UCU lecturers’ union will hold a special higher education pay conference on 9 November. The key issue up for discussion at the meeting is the threat by our employers to withdraw from national bargaining.

UCU LGBT conference

30 October 2007
The UCU union has organised a series of equality conferences in recent weeks.

College workers' union discusses organising casualised workers

30 October 2007
The first UCU college workers’ union national meeting for fixed term and hourly paid workers took place in London on Friday of last week.

Ballot for action in further education

16 October 2007
Members of the UCU college union in further education are preparing for an industrial action ballot over pay. Any action would be in opposition to the 2.55 percent pay offer we have rejected for this year.

UCU a correction

09 October 2007
In our issue dated 6 October we published an article which said London solicitor Anthony Julius had given legal advice to the UCU union. We have since learned that he had nothing whatsoever to do with providing legal advice to the union. In accordance with our usual practice, we take this opportunity to correct this error at the earliest opportunity.

Lecturers in pay ballot

09 October 2007
Delegates representing some 100 UCU union branches in further education colleges across England voted at a special conference last Saturday to ballot over pay.

Further education lecturers set to discuss pay

02 October 2007
A special pay conference for members of the UCU lecturers' union in further education colleges is set to take place this Saturday, which will discuss whether to reject a below inflation pay offer.

Stop further education pay insult

03 July 2007
The Further Education Committee (FEC) of the UCU lecturers’ union has a policy to reject any below inflation pay offer.

'All out war' at Harlow college

26 June 2007
A lecturer from Harlow College spoke to the UCU Left conference about the campaign at the college against the imposition of new working conditions and contracts.

UCU Left conference

26 June 2007
Over 120 lecturers came together for the UCU Left conference in London last weekend.

UCU joins pay revolt

05 June 2007
The congress of the UCU lecturers’ union heard a storming speech from PCS civil service workers’ union general secretary Mark Serwotka. He outlined a strategy for a united fight across the public sector to break Gordon Brown’s pay freeze.

Motion in support of Palestine passed at UCU conference

05 June 2007
On the first day of the UCU congress, delegates voted by 158 to 99 in favour of a motion that instructed the union to facilitate discussion on Palestine and open the possibility of a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

Debates and rule changes at UCU conference

05 June 2007
It was a good conference for the new union and the left within it. The potential of a union representing 120,000 educationalists organised at the heart of what is fashionably known as "the knowledge economy" could clearly be seen.

UCU conference: minister must try harder say lecturers

05 June 2007
The inaugural congress of the University and College Union (UCU) last week brought together two very distinct unions – the AUT and Natfhe, into a new lecturers’ union.

Paul Mackney's address to UCU conference

01 June 2007
I’m sure UCU will be bold in recognition that you don’t necessarily get what you deserve, you get what you fight for.

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.

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