migrant workers win right to strike (12.7.18)

Dear colleague

After months of campaigning by UCU, including most recently the threat of legal action, the home secretary Sajid Javid has today (12.7.18) announced that he will be changing the immigration rules to ensure that strike action is included in the list of exemptions for unpaid absence for migrant workers.

This means that migrant workers will now be able to play a full part in legal strike action without fearing the impact on their immigration status.

I want to thank everyone who took the time to write to their MP and help put pressure on the government during this campaign and also all those who have supported strike action despite these concerns.

I am especially grateful to the shadow chancellor John McDonnell who helped launch our campaign with this joint article with me and who has been a steadfast supporter of trade union rights.

This is a big win for all trade unionists, not just those in UCU and it has come about as a direct result of our campaigning work.

We will continue to campaign against the unfairness of our current immigration system and the damage it is doing to our country, our sector and our members.

Thank you for your support.

Sally Hunt
UCU general secretary


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