Strike And Pop-up University

Cake-800px.pngUCU Strike Action 5th July, Free University Event and Cake!

University of Huddersfield colleagues will be offering short sessions and there will be CAKES. Click here for publicity posters.

Book your place for the free event here!

(programme and timings may be subject to changes)

10.00-10.15: Welcome to Free University/Paul Ward presents History of the Megaphone

10.15-10.30: PA Tremblay play and discuss music piece as research

10.30-10.45: Brendan Canavan on Branding

10.45-11.00: Judith Kidder quiz

11.00-12.00: Karen Shah and Claire Evans – Design Activism for Social Change. A practical hands-on session to make a piece of picket line paraphernalia with your own message.

12.00-12.30 University of the Future/ Co-production of research with community groups by Jo Dyrlaga, Amerdeep Panesar, Joe Hopkinson, Liz Pente and Shabina Aslam.

We may head back to help out at the picket line at the end of the programme.

Please book to join us and we will send you more details as soon as possible. All student and staff are welcome to join in on the day – the event booking is simply to get an idea about numbers.

Find out more about why we are taking action and what the dispute is about at:

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 from 10:00 to 12:30
Lawrence Batley Theatre (LBT) Huddersfield – Queen Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP

Here’s Why We’re Striking


The value of our pay has declined. Salaries are worth 14.5% less when compared to inflation since 2009.

Shameful pay inequality. The gender pay gap in 2013/14 was 12.6% – a difference of £6,103.

The scandal of casualization. According to HESA there are 75,000 staff on highly casualised ‘atypical’ academic contracts.

Significant increases in vice-chancellor and principals’ pay. Twenty six VCs enjoyed a pay increase in 2014/15 of more than 10%. The largest increase was 57%. We are being offered 1.1%.

Click here if you have a question about the strike



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Why Is This Strike Important To You ?



This action has to be effective in order to secure a better pay deal for all staff in HE.

For that to happen requires a concerted effort from ALL members.

So what does that mean for YOU?


1.    Go on strike on the 25th and 26th of May

2.    Prepare to work to contract from the 25th

3.    Prepare to resign your external examiner role

4.    Attend the rally in Leeds from 12 on the 25th

Click here to answer your questions regarding the strike

UCU Announce Strike – May 25 & 26th


Letter from Sally Hunt, UCU General Secretary

Dear colleague,

As you probably know, UCU members in higher education voted last week in support of industrial action in response to a wholly inadequate pay offer for 2016/17 from the employers.  Around two-thirds of members who voted supported strike action and three-quarters supported action short of a strike.

The higher education committee (HEC) has now agreed the following programme of action aimed at improving the offer from 1.1%:

  • A two day national strike Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 May.
  • An instruction to members to work to contract with effect from 25/05/2016. Full guidance will be issued this week on what you should and should not do.
The HEC has also agreed to make preparations for further action aimed at student admissions and at the setting and marking of students’ work should the employers not improve their offer.Finally, outside the action,  the union will also be appealing to all members to resign, giving due notice, from currently held external examiner positions and not to take up new ones until the  dispute is settled.

Pay increases are important not just because they help protect staff against rises in the cost of living, but also because they provide a powerful indication of how much your contribution is valued by the employer.

Within higher education as a whole we know there is a £1.9bn surplus.  We also know that vice-chancellors and principals have themselves received latest average increases of between 3 and 5%.  Yet the value of your pay since 2009 has fallen by 14.5% when compared to the cost of living, with the latest final offer of 1.1% once again below inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI).

The university employers said recently that ‘investment in staff is fundamental to the success of our higher education institutions’*. Talk is cheap, what we need now is action not words.

Thank you for your support.

Sally Hunt
UCU general secretary


Performance-Related Pay


Have Your Say

Performance-related pay and reward practices linked to performance management are issues of increasing concern to UCU members. UCU has commissioned Dr Monica Franco-Santos from Cranfield University, to survey all members on the performance management and reward practices currently in existence across all higher and further education institutions in the UK.
Could you please participate in the survey by following this link.

The survey can be completed by any member of staff so please pass this email on to your colleagues who may not have received this email. It will take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey will close on Tuesday 24 May 2016.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and participation. Please email if you have any questions/comments in relation to the survey.

For UCU information and advice about performance-related pay please visit the UCU website here.