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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.

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.

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