Welcome to Birkbeck UCU

Birkbeck, University and College Union branch

How can UCU help you?

  • Representation - protection at work in case things go wrong
  • Negotiation - locally and nationally on pay and working conditions
  • Engagement - help to make Birkbeck a better place for all who work and study here
  • Information - find out what is going on at Birkbeck and across the sector

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Casework: what does UCU do?

Over the last year, UCU branch caseworkers successfully supported around 35 cases. We’re a team of some 6 branch committee members with cases as varied as giving a few words of advice on entitlements and relevant policies, to difficult cases lasting several months, involving   equalities, bullying, discipline and redundancy.

Too many recent cases have affected Teaching & Scholarship staff - facing course closures, reduced hours, reduced pay, threat of redundancy or unfair treatment of some kind. Our caseworker task is often about ensuring agreements and procedures are adhered to (and not ignored!). And that varies considerably across the College. Sometimes we will pursue issues collectively through UCU if it’s plain that agreements are being systematically discounted.


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