Friday, 28 April 2017

UCU campaign update:

UCU campaign update:

Government rushes through dangerous higher education bill
The controversial Higher Education and Research Bill finally completed its passage through parliament yesterday. MPs and peers agreed to a number of watered down amendments to ensure the bill became law before this parliamentary session ended. Writing in the Huffington Post, Sally Hunt said that in the rush to get it through, the government had managed keep its long-term plans to marketise the sector firmly on track.

College leaders’ pay boost while staff salaries remain frozen 
More than half of college leaders received a salary increase last year – at the same time as their staff were subject to a pay freeze, according to new figures in today’s TES. UCU head of further education Andrew Harden said: ‘College leaders who tell staff that the money is not there for a fair pay rise – all while pocketing massive pay rises themselves – are an embarrassment to the sector.’

Find out more about your pay and how it compares to your principal’s and staff at other colleges using our Rate for the Job online tool here.

See here for full update including:
  • In the news
  • General election 8 June: make our voice heard
  • Higher education pay: employers’ final offer
  • Manchester Metropolitan University: management fail to silence campaign to save jobs
  • Further education England pay claim
  • UCU academic boycott of London Metropolitan University
  • Mayoral candidates asked to support FE charter
  • Celebrate May Day: international workers’ day
  • Chechnya: stop the persecution of gay men
  • Workers’ Memorial Day, 28 April
  • Rule 13: procedure for the regulation of the conduct of members

Best wishes

Ed Bailey
UCU acting head of campaigns

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