Open petitions & letters

Help us save Kidlington Adult Education Centre from closure

Staff based at the Kidlington Adult Education Centre in Oxfordshire were told at the end of June 2022 that they must vacate the premises by the end of October. The Centre opened in 1959 and has provided courses and events for local residents for over sixty years.

USS cuts are not necessary

A rotten retirement - get in the bin

In February UUK voted through plans to cut 35% from the guaranteed retirement income of members of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). However, the latest USS Financial Monitoring Report (FMP) shows that scheme assets have soared to over £88bn, placing it in a stronger position and evaporating any justification for devastating pension cuts.  We the undersigned call on the chair of the Joint Negotiating Committee to note the improved financial position of the USS scheme…

Give prison educators a much-needed and deserved pay rise

Picture of empty wallet with the text 'No one esle works for nothing - why should prison educators have to'

​UCU is campaigning for a pay rise ​for prison educators. Your pay has reduced against inflation by over 25% which means you are working one day a week for free compared to 2009. Average salaries are the lowest in the sector with prison teachers earning on average £10,000 less than secondary school teachers The cost of living has been rising fast with ​RPI currently 8.2% and climbing. The Ministry of Justice have built in an…

A charter for professional respect in further education

We call on the AoC and colleges to sign up to our five-point charter for professional respect in further education. 1.  Workload: an agreed national policy on the delivery of guided learning hours the resourcing of more administration staff nationally agreed class size recommendations for 16-18 and 19 + a set of agreed workload and wellbeing protocols such as working from home agreements a set of agreed boundaries for contacting staff by email or phone. 2.  Pay:…

Staffordshire University: NO to a two-tier system

Staffordshire University UCU is campaigning to stop the University’s plans to bring in a two-tier workforce. The University has decided that all new staff will be employed by a wholly owned subsidiary on different contractual terms. This will inevitably lead to a two-tier workforce and over time, increase pressure by the University to ‘harmonise downwards’ to less favourable working conditions for everyone. It will also destroy cohesion, meaning that colleagues working side by side may…

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Urgent: We call upon Open University to resolve pension and pay disputes

To: Open University vice-chancellor Professor Tim Blackman Dear Professor Blackman, We, the undersigned, ask the Open University to use its strength within the sector to push for negotiations and an end to the disputes over which UCU is currently taking strike action. Under the current changes proposed by USS, benefits are set to fall catastrophically.…

Ravensbourne University: UCU recognition

Recognition of UCU at Ravensbourne University is important because it provides a framework for collective bargaining to help improve your working conditions and will give your UCU branch a voice at the university. Unionised workplaces have better terms and conditions, better job security, higher pay and more pay rises than non-unionised workplaces. Unionised workplaces can…

University College Birmingham: oppose the restructure

University College Birmingham (UCB) management are conducting a restructuring exercise. Management argue this is not a cost cutting exercise. 73 senior lecturing staff have been told they are at risk of redundancy and asked to re-apply for 42 new senior lecturer roles. These new roles have an increasing workload with no additional pay. Staff who…

University of Essex: space and ‘smart working’

University of Essex staff are increasingly concerned about the implications of messaging from senior management that proposes or implies substantial changes to the spaces in which staff will be expected to carry out their work in the coming months and years. It is essential that we acknowledge the serious short and long term negative consequences…

Stop the cuts at Kingston University

In April, Kingston University announced the closure to new applicants of its BA Politics, Human Rights, International Relations courses, the final closure of its BA History course, and proposed severe staffing cuts in Media and Communications and Film Studies. This represents a concerted attack on the provision of social sciences, arts and humanities at Kingston.…