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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



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.

Great victory for trade unions in Bath

Please see below a post from Bath Trades Union Council about an excellent result for recycling workers and Unite members in Bath.                          


Recycling workers, outsourced to Kier Ltd by Bath & NE Somerset Council, have been getting paid less than a Living Wage and £2/hour less than other workers doing a similar job a few miles away. Instead of passively moaning about their conditions, almost all of them joined Unite the union, balloted to strike and have been taking industrial action since the beginning of the year. They’ve been working to rule, refusing overtime and have taken several days of all out strike action. Members of Bath Trades Union Council went down to the picket line in Keynsham last week and it was militant and solid.

The Tory Council responded by trying to recruit scab labour from the local community, and were aided, quite disgracefully, by the BBC, who uncritically used their local news programmes to recruit workers to break the strike. It looked like this was going to go on for a while, and Bath Trades Union Council started putting together plans to collect for their strike fund…

But, faced with the threat of rolling strike action for months to come, a united work force and support from other trade unionists, Kier have backed down! Yesterday, the recycling workers in Unite were given a new pay offer of 9% backdated to July, another 6% this July and another 3% in July 2017. An 18% pay rise over three years, front loaded. Everyone will now be paid above a Living Wage.

In the current political climate, particularly after the TU Bill passes, local Trades Union Councils are going to be increasingly important for facilitating local union branch cooperation. Bath Uni UCU is affiliated to Bath Trades Union Council.


Support Junior Doctors, Defend the NHS!

Dear colleague,

Junior Doctors  are currently in dispute over the imposition of new contracts, which their trade union, the BMA, have described as “an existential danger to the NHS”. They have directly appealed for the support and solidarity of other workers and trade unionists. The following is part of Bath UCU’s response to that appeal. (more…)

SUCCESS! Joint Campaign Forces University of Warwick  to back down  over ‘TeachHigher’

 Friday 19th June – Anti-casualisation Assembly, Warwick

University of Warwick has been intending to ‘insource’ all of its hourly paid academic staff via a scheme called ‘TeachHigher’. The scheme entrenches a two-tier system where hourly paid academics are contracted by a third party and further separated from those on secure contracts. It also makes it increasingly easy for the university to take on more hourly paid staff on casualised, insecure contracts, decreasing the number of permanent positions. The staff working through TeachHigher would have been employed on worse terms and conditions than are currently offered to hourly paid staff.










In addition, the Warwick Employment Group were planning to sell TeachHigher as a commercial franchise to other universities, and so there was a real risk that we could have ended up in the same situation here at Bath.

However, Warwick UCU, Warwick for Free Education, and NCAFC, along with Warwick Student’s Union, have successfully campaigned against the programme, building for a large demonstration on University of Warwick’s open day in June. As a result, it was announced on Tuesday that the scheme would be disbanded!

This is a great example of how collective action works – through public meetings, extensive media coverage, direct action and a departmental boycotts of the scheme, staff and students at Warwick have achieved a massive victory. As well as the abandonment of TeachHigher, the university has announced it will run pilot schemes in individual departments to improve the current casualised system and to ensure PGs are paid at nationally-agreed rates.

There will be an assembly at Warwick university on the 19th to discuss how best to campaign against casualisation nationally – TeachHigher was indicative of a movement towards casualisation in HE that is still a real threat to job security and quality of teaching. If you would like to join our delegation, please contact

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HE members called on to support FE staff in Lambeth College dispute

UCU Congress also called on all members to support the action of staff at Lambeth College who are taking indefinite strike action in defence of their contracts of employment.   Changes to contracts include loss of 2 weeks holiday, cuts to sickness pay and extra working hours for no pay. You can find out more here and sign the petition in support of their action.

Support the Halesowen 4

supporthehalesowen4_2 Four members of staff at Halesowen College, including branch secretary Dave Muritu, have been dismissed from their teaching jobs. Their offence? To teach in a department whose students’ results fell below the national average … read more