Lancaster University & College Union

UCU represents academic and academic-related staff employed by Lancaster University to negotiate in many areas of everyday working life.

National Two-Day Strike

UCU members at all UK universities across the country took part in strike action again today. This of course, because our employers' feel a derisory pay offer of 1.1% is a most generous one and will offset the more than 14.5% drop in real terms pay since 2009.

Members of the UCU are now implementing the 'workng to contract' action which started at the same time as the strike action. If no agreement is reached in the coming weeks, members have agreed to target further strike action in June and July. Further action is also being considered for August to coincide with the release of A-level results and in the autumn if an acceptable pay offer has still not been made.

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Message of Support from Cat Smith, MP Lancaster & Fleetwood

Thank you for your email, I was aware of your upcoming strike action from some of your members. Unfortunately the two dates you are striking are the two days when the House of Commons will be voting on the Queen's Speech so I have to be in Westminster. It's non-negotiable to miss such important votes!

However, please be assured that I understand that taking strike action is always a last resort. I share your concerns about the casualisation of the workforce, the real terms pay cut of almost 15% since 2009, and the pay disparity between men and women. If it hadn't been for the important votes in Westminster I would have visited your picket lines on the 25th and 26th.

I hope this action sees your employer return to negotiations and a deal can be reached. If the UCU branch want to arrange a meeting with me over the summer please let my office know, I am aware there are many HE issues you may wish to discuss with me and there may be even more after the Queen's Speech tomorrow.
In solidarity,
Cat Smith
MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood

Gender Pay Gap

Universities across the country are continuing to ignore the shameful gender pay gap: Currently a staggering 528 million. Unfortunately, We are facing a group of intransigent employers, who are spending less and less on their staff every year. Last year we did not take action, this year we need to. UCU is building a national pay campaign to exert pressure on the employers.

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