UCU seeks to grow fighting fund as strike moves into second week

UCU members on strike at Queen ‘s University, Belfast in November 2019

As the UCU strike goes into its second week, the union is asking for donations to its fighting fund.

An email to members sent on Friday read: “Our strike action over pensions, pay and working conditions in universities kicked off in spectacular fashion this week with UCU reps reporting their biggest numbers ever on the picket lines.

“Huge numbers of students have supported the strike, marched alongside staff and brought solidarity as well as hot drinks and food to UCU members picketing in wet and cold conditions. Talks with employers have not so far resulted in a resolution to either dispute and this round of strike action will continue for a further three days next week (2, 3 and 4 December).”

The union asked for donations to its fighting fund, explaining: “UCU uses its fighting fund to support members involved in disputes, including the provision of strike pay where appropriate.

“At the 2011 Congress, delegates recognised the current economic situation and the likelihood that this would mean more disputes to save jobs and services and protect conditions and recommended that members who could afford to do so, should make an annual donation to the fighting fund to support others.”

You can support the fund by

  • making a direct bank transfer, or set up a regular standing order, to:
    Account name: UCU Fighting Fund
    Sort code: 60-83-01
    Account no: 20179432
    Reference: ‘Fighting Fund Voluntary Levy’
  • or send a cheque (payable to ‘University and College Union’) to:
    Fighting Fund donation
    Finance Dept
    University and College Union
    Carlow Street
    NW1 7LH


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