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Jun 24, 2016 - Newsletter - Summer Edition Now Out

The latest local newsletter (PDF) is now available.

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Jun 21, 2016 - General Meetings - Annual General Meeting, Jun 21, 2016

The next Annual General Meeting of the Local Association will take place on Tue Jun 21, 2016 at 13:00h in room 2N2.4.16 (Colchester campus).

Full details are available from the AGM page, which will be updated as required.

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Jun 17, 2016 - Latest_Strike_News - UCU Strike and Rally on Open Day (Saturday 18th June 2016)

** Open Day Strike - 18th June 2016 **

UCU members are on strike during the Open Day and anyone can come and show their support between 10:00 and 11:00 at the top of Park Road.

If you wish to volunteer for picket duty then please do so by sending an email to:


Detailed information on on the UCU dispute nationally, and what it means for you, is available at: FAQs

UCU Essex Branch Strike Committee

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May 24, 2016 - Strike_News - Students Union and NUS supports UCU strike action

The National Union of Students (NUS) and the University of Essex Students' Union (SU) have joined in strong support of the University and College Union (UCU) industrial action for fair pay.

SU President Adrian Chira met with UCU Vice President Peter Patrick on 24 May to discuss the causes of the current dispute, the pay negotiations, and the current industrial action, which includes two days of strike on Wed 25 and Thurs 26 May, plus an indefinite period of work-to-contract beginning 25 May.

UCU and the SU agreed it is important for all students to understand the nature of industrial action and dispute in the university context, so that they can come to their own conclusions about the present fair-pay dispute. The SU President expressed the Students' Union's support for UCU in the current industrial action.

SU President Adrian Chira noted the NUS statement of Wed 18 May, which said in part:
'the most important assets to a university are the people who work and study there. In order to continue to deliver high quality education, the sector must invest in staff and address the inequality and insecurity that blights our universities. Solidarity between educators and students is particularly important...
No education worker wants to strike but [we] cannot sit back and watch university staff pay continue to be eroded, inequality grow unchallenged and employment become more and more insecure every year...
The 1.1 per cent pay offer made by UCEA falls far below what the universities can afford to offer their staff...
[NUS] affirm our support for our lecturers in this industrial dispute and encourage member unions to support their local branches and demand that UCEA return to the table to accept the demands made by UCU'.

Further information will be available from the University of Essex Students' Union website:
Essex Student
the National Union of Students webpages: NUS Supports UCU strike action
www.nus.org.uk
and the University and College Union webpages:
Higher Education pay dispute
Industrial action FAQ
University of Essex Local Association
Information Leaflet for Students

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Selected National News

May 20, 2016 - Strike_Is_On - Strike is On

Higher education (HE):

Strike is ON as yesterday's negotiations offer no improvement UCU negotiators met with the University and College Employer Association (UCEA) this week in the hope of finding a solution to the current dispute amidst growing anger over news that vice-chancellor pay rose by 6.1% last year.
Regrettably UCEA made no improvement on the 1.1% pay offer to staff or on measures to address gender inequality and insecure contracts and the strike action will continue on Wednesday and Thursday next week as planned.

Please join picket lines and support the strike action:

Also this week:

  1. In the news
  2. UCU national recruitment week
  3. Stand up for union reps at London Metropolitan University
  4. Prison education review
  5. Education and Training Foundation functional skills survey
  6. Pensions news
  7. Health and safety news

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All the best
Justine Stephens
UCU head of campaigns

Apr 20, 2016 - Rate_For_The_Job - Rate for the job FAQ

Here's a link to the UCU's Rate for the Job page.
Rate for the job FAQ Page on the national web site.

Nov 11, 2014 - ASOS_FAQ - ASOS FAQ

Many members have questions about the boycott.

Please check to see if your questions/concerns are answered here: ASOS FAQ Page on the national web site.

Jun 27, 2014 - Subscription_Rates - UCU/595 Subscription Rates 2014-2015

This circular sets out the new national subscription rates effective from 1st September 2014.

Full details are in UCU595 Subscription Rates on the national web site.

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