University and College Union (UCU)
Who is UCU?
UCU was created on 1 June 2006 from existing supporters of 2 different union bodies. With a sound history union movement since early 20th century, Association of University Teachers (AUT), and NATFHE – The University & College Lecturers’ Union merged to maximise their practice and campaign for People, Work and Organizations interest. Majorly representing 120,000 members consists of professional personnel from education organization in UK.
Campaigns and Movements
Currently UCU is actively involved in supporting several campaigns and promoting public awareness which briefly consists as follows: -
* Defend our pensions
* Right to retire with dignity and a decent pension
* Workload and stress
* Raise awareness of occupational stress. HSE Management Standards Indicator Tools reported UCU members stressed level has raised to 2.61 on the 2012 Demands stressor report higher than in 2008 (UCU occupational stress survey 2012)
* Stamp out casual contracts
* Fair equal treatment and working conditions for permanent and part time agency workers and casual contracts workers.
* English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
* ‘Skills for Life’ support non –speaking English society such as migrants to improve adult literacy and numeracy.
* Fighting privatisation in tertiary education
* Opposed government intention in giving opportunity for private firm investing in UK’s higher education system. They strongly believe in public education system tin nurturing their current and future generations.
Equality is a key movement to demonstrate and articulate UCU commitment. Rights against discrimination, bullying and harassment.
* Discrimination upon scapegoating members who are being paid lowest.
* Sexual harassment at work
* Black members
* Racial discrimination
* Bullying or harassment...