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Hardship fund – Strike Pay 2019-20 Bath UCU

Details for claiming from the national hardship fund may be found here:

If you earn less than £30,000 from qualifying employment before tax then you will be able to claim up to £75 per day from the national fund from the second day of the strike onwards (or £50 from the third day if you earn more than this threshold), capped at £500.

The local UCU association will make up any remaining losses from the local hardship fund.

To claim from the local fund please email with the following

Membership Number:
No. of days on strike:
No. of hours of pay lost:
Total Loss after deductions:
Amount Claimed from National fund:
Bank Sort Code:
Bank Account No:

…plus your last two payslips (downloaded from iTrent so that they are not password-protected like the ones emailed to you) and any documents that show what hours you were meant to be being paid for on days that you were on strike.

Claims from the national fund may take a while to be paid. If the delay will cause you hardship then the local fund will loan you the sum claimable from the national fund, to be repaid once you receive the payment from the national union. If you need to take advantage of this loan then please fill in the claim as above but add a note that you wish a loan advance on the national claim and undertake to repay it once payment is received from the national fund.

In solidarity,
Tim Barrett
UCU Local Treasurer

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.