If you teach you may want to use these these slides to give students a quick overview of about UCU, the dispute and the industrial action.
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A QUICK GUIDE TO UCU, 4 FIGHTS & PENSIONS FOR STUDENTS, Leeds UCU edition
BEFORE WE START
What is a UNION?
It’s where people who work at the same place, or do
the same trade, join together to make a democratic
collective, to help them to negotiate safe working
conditions, fair pay and a decent and equal place to
What is UCU?
University and College Union is the union of academic
staff, including postgraduate students who teach,
and university staff in professional and managerial
roles, at the University of Leeds and universities and
colleges across the UK.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING
- We withhold our labour, we don’t work at all
- during strike days.
- We don’t get paid for the days we strike.
- We hold physical and virtual ‘picket’ lines: we stand outside our workplace to tell others why we are striking
WHY ARE WE STRIKING?
- Below inflation pay rise
- 17% racial pay gap
- 15.1% gender pay gap
- 9% disability pay gap
- 68% of research staff are on casualised contracts
UUK voted to cut ££££ from our retirement benefits representing an annual guaranteed pension cut of 35% for a typical member.
THE LESS YOU ARE PAID THE LESS GOES IN YOUR PENSION
What do we want?
- End the pay gaps
- £10 minimum per-hour wage for all contract types
- Move from hourly to fractional contracts
- Eliminate precarious employment
- 35 hrs a week as standard working week
- continue with our current pension scheme
- We don’t take the decision lightly.
- We don’t get paid while on strike.
- Students can help by telling senior management to engage in meaningful negotiations.
- Make your voices be heard
- Our working conditions are your learning conditions
- We didn’t come to this decision lightly
- We ask management to donate our lost wages to Leeds Student Hardship Fund
- Donate to our strike fund
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This page was last updated on 23 November 2021