Industrial action strategy

UCU has been thinking about how best to respond to the challenges facing our industry, regarding issues like pay, pensions, inequality and stress. This has involved discussions across the country, involving branches like ours, about strategies for effective industrial action. No-one likes taking industrial action, and everyone knows the impact it has on staff and students, but sometimes, regrettably, it is a union's only remaining option to safeguard jobs and conditions, so if we do it we need to do it well. You can find here the report of the commission for effective industrial action (CEIA) which was set up following last year's Congress. Northumbria UCU is making a further contribution to this debate with our motion to the upcoming national Congress about reinstating the possibility of 2-hour strikes.

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Following the statement from the National Executive Committee condemning sexual violence and harassment (, UCU can now confirm that the helpline to provide support to those experiencing sexual harassment and any reps who may want counselling support in supporting members is now launched. This is a dedicated service for UCU members which any UCU member can reach on 0800 138 8724. The helpline is in collaboration with Education Support Partnership (Ed Support). Any member who has concerns or is experiencing sexual harassment can call 0800 138 8724 in confidence, free of charge and 24/7 to talk about their experience, discuss options, receive counselling (if clinically appropriate) and details of further sources of support, if necessary.

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USS - Update

As you know, pre-92 institutions are being ballotted regarding the USS pension scheme. You will find here an update from UCU about this very important matter.

16 days in 16 ways

16 days of activism against gender based violence is an international campaign that organises at all levels, including the United Nations, Governments, NGOs and trade unions.

It's initiated by The Centre for Women's Global Leadership, a feminist human rights organisation. The activism period is 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) - 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

UCU is supporting this campaign and will be using this period to focus on our priorities and suggest 16 ways in which branches and members can get involved. You can find more information about this campaign here.

You can also visit the website (, follow 16 days on Facebook ( and tweet support (

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