Lancaster University & College Union

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

Higher Education Pay Campaign

Thursday 22 September 2016 - 1-2pm Bowland North SR20 - Consultative Meeting with Members

UCU members at all UK universities across the country took part in two day strike action on 25 and 26 May 2016, which was followed up by a rolling programme of one day local strike action across the country.The Lancaster UCU branch took local strike action on Saturday 9th July, which coincided with the University Open Day.

As employees of Lancaster University who believe strongly in the University, its students and its culture, we do not rush to take strike action. However it is clear that our action needs to have an impact on the operations of the University in order to make our employers take note and encourage UCEA (Universities and Colleges Employers Association) to negotiate fairly. As things stand, UCEA’s position is that a 1.1% offer indicates “a significant investment in the people that deliver the success in the institution”. This is not UCU’s definition of significant! The joint trade union claim is for 5% which would go some way to halting the long-term decline in the value of our pay. The claim also highlights the need for a nationally-agreed action for institutions to close the gender pay gap by 2020 and nationally-agreed action for institutions to reduce the proportion of their staff on casual and zero-hour contracts and to ensure that their pay reflects the rate-for-the-job of permanent staff.

If you have colleagues, who are not members, now is the time to join, please ask them to join at

Members of the UCU are continuing to 'work to contract' which started on 25 May 2016.

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Keep up to date with the HE Pay Campaign see: UCU HE Pay Campaign pages.

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