UCU tirelessly campaigns for better pay and conditions for its members.
The current flagship campaign is FE Fights Back – FE staff in England are getting a raw deal from their employers. Workloads have never been higher while average pay packets have shrunk and the latest kick in the teeth – this year’s recommended 1% pay rise – has not even been implemented in over 40% of colleges.
We all know that FE transforms lives – UCU is currently undertaking a research project called ‘Transforming Lives‘, which aims to understand and provide evidence of how the further education (FE) sector is vital in transforming lives and communities in 21st century Britain.
UCU believes that high quality education and fair working conditions depend on contracts that give staff stability and continuity of employment. Casualisation is bad for staff and bad for education, yet it’s endemic in our colleges. UCU is campaigning to Stamp out Casual Contracts!
We have one of the fastest growing private sectors in Europe and the level of private investment in tertiary education in the UK is already far above the EU and OECD averages. UCU is opposed to the privatisation of tertiary education. We think that the interests of our members, of the students and parents who are at the heart of education and of the wider society we serve, are best served by an education system that is funded and controlled by the public and that is democratically accountable to the citizens of the UK fonte oficial. Here you can read all about our campaigns against privatisation and download our resources.
UCU’s founding Congress in 2007 committed UCU to play its part in ‘greening the campus’ and ‘greening the curriculum’ and to assist campaigns for sustainable national policies and local practices. Read about UCU’s campaign for a more sustainable future here.
However, UCU can’t do this without help from members. We encourage you to get active in whatever small way you can. Visit the UCU Campaigns Page for details of all our campaigns.
You can add weight to and show your solidarity with other members campaigns here.
You can read updates on all of our campaigns here.
As the key voice of practitioners in post-16 education, UCU seeks to influence education policy across a range of issues. These include structures in the sector, funding, quality, the curriculum, professional development, learner support and governance.If you want to see how UCU are influencing government policy, visit the policy hub.
Finally, but probably most importantly, we need to Build the Union! We need to have conversations with our non-union colleagues, recruit new members, and ensure everyone has the support and resources to keep up all of our campaigns. If you’re not already a member, you can join online today – see our ‘Join UCU’ page for details.
We hold regular recruitment events, branch meetings and other events – see our ‘Events’ page for more details. Why not come along to the next branch meeting – you will be more than welcome!