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UCU - ‘why we're right to go on strike’

20 February 2018
This week we’ll be taking part in the biggest strike in Britain since the junior doctors’ strike. And we plan escalating strikes over the next three weeks, ending with a five-day strike in March.

Strike back at fat cat bosses, say striking university workers

20 February 2018
University bosses’ assault on pensions will hit workers hard, and is the latest attack aimed at turning education into a profitable business. That's why over 40,000 workers plan 14 days of strikes from 22 February. UCU union members speak to Sadie Robinson

Students demand free education as Theresa May prepares tuition fee ‘overhaul’

18 February 2018
Student activists have said that university tuition fees should be scrapped, ahead of a speech by Theresa May on Monday

Exclusive—how ‘free speech’ minister Jo Johnson stifled Palestine debate

05 February 2018
The Tories love to cast themselves as brave defenders of free speech on college campuses, but documents prove a minister’s orders prompted Uclan university bosses to ban a Palestine debate

40,000 UCU members could strike, shutting down 68 universities

18 January 2018
40,000 UCU union members are being balloted for strikes over pensions. The ballot ends on Friday.

Students protest at University College London over racist eugenics conference

15 January 2018
Chants of, “Decolonise UCL” and, “End eugenics now” rang out in front of University College London (UCL) on Monday.

Lecturers have days left to vote on pension strikes

09 January 2018
UCU union members are engaged in a crucial ballot for strikes over pensions

Strikes win jobs victory for Brighton lecturers

05 December 2017
Strikes at the University of Brighton have forced bosses to withdraw plans for compulsory redundancies.

Cleaners march to sweep away outsourcing bosses

28 November 2017
A demonstration on Tuesday of last week drew attention to a new legal challenge against outsourcing firms.

Lecturers in Brighton strike over jobs threat

28 November 2017
Workers at the University of Brighton struck last week against compulsory redundancies.

Student demonstration calls for free education and an end to cuts

15 November 2017
Hundreds of students marched through central London on Wednesday on a demonstration for free education and against university cuts.

Letters: Tories’ hypocrisy is exposed over question of free speech

31 October 2017
The minister for universities, Jo Johnson, is on the warpath for freedom of speech, he claims.

After Heaton-Harris - what are the real threats to academic freedom?

31 October 2017
Was the Heaton-Harris affair just a storm in a teacup? Christopher Heaton-Harris is the pro-Leave Tory whip who wrote to university vice-chancellors asking for information about “professors involved in the teaching of European affairs, with particular reference to Brexit”.

Radical mood among students on campuses as the new university year begins

26 September 2017
As students begin a new university year many are looking at the upheaval in politics—and the possibility of change.

Anger grows in EIS union as Scottish college bosses drag their feet over pay deal

13 June 2017
Scottish college bosses are still dragging their feet in a long-running dispute over equal pay.

Universities threaten massive job cuts

16 May 2017
Thousands of jobs are under threat at universities across Britain—and there are signs of resistance.

London School of Economics cleaners strike for equality

16 May 2017
Outsourced cleaners at the London School of Economics have struck for the same pay and conditions as similar directly-employed workers.

Brighton - why escalating action works

09 May 2017
UCU union members at the University of Brighton have fought off an attempt by their management to effectively derecognise their union.

Lecturers win after unofficial action

09 May 2017
A group of teaching staff at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) have scored a significant victory after taking unofficial action.

Fury as bosses ban a UCU union meeting at Manchester Metropolitan University

02 May 2017
Workers at Manchester Metropolitan University were furious after bosses banned the UCU union from holding a meeting on campus last week.

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