In Solidarity

UMUCU hardship fund

With 18 days of Industrial Action (IA) ahead of us, any donations to the UMUCU hardship fund will be much appreciated. These funds are used to help members who, because of their participation in IA, have had a portion of their salaries withheld; interested members must submit an application to access these funds, evidencing hardship.

Donations should be made to the following account:

Unity Trust Bank

UCU University of Manchester

Account number: 20392565

Sort code: 60-83-01

Alternatively / additionally, you can find the details for the UCU Hardship Fund (at national level) here.

Thank you!

Professor Christopher Jackson

UMUCU stands in solidarity with our own Prof Christopher Jackson, after learning of his recent experience.

UNITE THE FIGHTS! Solidarity Movement Rally

6.00pm Monday 20th September

Register in advance:

Last week’s Higher Education Sector Conference voted for an immediate strike ballot in defence of USS pensions and also over the 4Fights, and also for these disputes to be coordinated together.

Our union is now on an emergency campaign footing. With several disputes already taking place over jobs and pay in HE, branches across the four regions must now prepare for strike ballots that bring together pre- and post-92 branches across the HE sector. The same issues are central to disputes across the union. Members in 15 Further Education Colleges are due to begin strike action on 28th September over pay, workloads and redundancies.

We have called this meeting to help provide us with the tools and examples we need to win. Now more than ever, we need to draw together the issues and build solidarity for UCU branches taking action now. Victories in these disputes can only help win the ballots to come over USS and the 4Fights.

UCU North West ‘Stands’ and ‘Kneels’ alongside our black football players.

The racist bile directed to England’s black football players earlier this week has again shone the light on the ongoing racist abuse many black people find themselves subjected to in and out of their place of work. Let’s not also forget our students who may well be on the receiving end of such abhorrent hatred.

Racial trauma is real. We stand in solidarity with Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka.

Get involved, sign the petition:

Ban racists for life from all football matches in England.

UCU colleagues at the Universities of Leicester and Liverpool are on strike; you can find more about it here (Leicester) and here (Liverpool).

To support, there are a few actions you can take: