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Support from Students & Doctors!!

Ahead of strike action on Wednesday and Thursday this week, we are very grateful for the message of solidarity and support we have been receiving from students and workers in Bath and the South West. A couple: (more…)

Industrial Action over Pay, Inequality & Casualisation

FAQs for Workers at University of Bath


University of Bath advertizes for strikebreakers

The University of Bath wants to break a strike and is happy to break its own rules to do it.

An email sent to postgraduate students in one department reads:


Big vote for action on pay, casualization and gender pay inequality

Members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of action to support our joint union claim, following a miserable 1.1% offer from employers and no promises of action on casualization and the gender pay gap.

A 2-day strike is planned for Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th May, unless employers improve their offer.   All members are asked to support this action.


Background to the current pay dispute.

Compare pay at Bath to pay at other universities (you will need your UCU membership number to login)

Download and display strike poster

Recruit a new member to support the strike

… and don’t forget, University of Bath pays less than other universities for the same job. This table shows just how low in the pay rankings most staff at Bath are.

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Early career academic


114 / 154 128  / 155
Mid-career academic


134 / 153 129 / 152
Senior academic


74 / 132 70 /125


33 /116 27 /99

Source:   HESA 2013/14 Staff Dataset


Bath support for London Met UCU reps fighting job cuts

University of Bath UCU members sent a message of support to two UCU reps facing dismissal in a clear case of victimisation.   They have been leading the fight against redundancies at London Met University.   This is one of a number of cases of victimisation of UCU reps up and down the country.

Please show your support for the London Met reps by signing the petition



Act now on pay

ballot reminder2

What’s Up Doc?! Talk from a Junior Doctor on Strike, Tue 26th, 13:15

This week, as UCU members across the country vote on whether to take industrial action over our own pay and conditions, Junior Doctors will begin an “all out” strike, including in emergency services, for the first time in the history of the NHS.

Over the weekend the government rejected calls from across the political spectrum to return to negotiations and declared that they will continue to impose a new contract on doctors from August this year. Junior Doctors and the British Medical Association have said that the new contract is unsafe for patients, unfair and discriminatory for staff and have described it as representing “an existential danger to the NHS”.

Bath UCU Committee has passed a policy to support the Junior Doctors and their campaign, and with so much at stake, we have organised an event to ask:

Why are a group of professionals dedicated to the well-being of their patients resorting to such drastic action, what does this mean for our NHS, and how should we respond?

EVENT: What’s Up Doc?!

Bath UCU are pleased to host Dr Ed Mew, a Junior Doctor at Bath Royal United Hospital, who will give his perspective on the dispute and strike.
Time: Tuesday 25th April, 13:15-14:05
Venue: 3 East 2.4.
Facebook Event:

All union members, other staff and students welcome – please forward this email to your colleagues and invite your students.

If you cannot attend, but want to know more about the Junior Doctors dispute and/or support their campaign, see this post from Bath Trades Union Council.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: UCU Industrial Action Ballot

There are just five working days until the members’ ballot closes:

  1. If you have already received your ballot paper, please fill it in and post today.
  2. If you have not received a ballot paper, you can order a replacement here.
  3. If you have already voted, encourage others to do the same – email for more info or collect materials for your department at the meeting tomorrow.

For the latest news on the ongoing dispute between university employers and higher education trade unions see the national UCU website and Bath UCU blog.

Branch meeting Thursday 14th April 1.15 pm 1E.4

newsletter.april 16The main item for this meeting will be the ballot (opens 14 April) on action in support of the national pay claim.   Full details of the meeting are in the agenda papers.

See also the local newsletter for updates on pay, grading casualization and the VC’s latest part-time post.

When is a pay rise not a pay rise ?

When the pay rise offered is so low that it does not even keep up with the increased cost of living.

That is precisely what has happened to staff working in higher education in every year from 2009 to 2013. Only in 2014, when UCU members took significant and sustained action in the face of yet another real-terms pay cut was a better offer forthcoming from your employers.   Read more …

HE pay index 2009-2015

pay poster

Update on the (anti-)Trade Union Bill

Friends from the local region of UNISON have produced a very helpful briefing on the state of the Trade Union Bill as of Friday 11th March:

Trade Union Bill Briefing

On Wednesday 16th March, the government suffered a significant defeat in the House of Lords, as three motions that sought to remove parts of the Bill (on political funding, electronic ballots and facilities time) were passed overwhelmingly.

The fight against the Bill, which would severely restrict the ability of workers in the UK to defend their pay and conditions, goes on.