Strike Funds for Members

Fighting Fund (UCU National Scheme)

Following the recent industrial action members are reminded they can apply for the UCU national Fighting Fund, to supplement deducted earnings.

Key facts about the National Fighting Fund:

To apply to the Fighting Fund:

  • See the online Fighting Fund application form.
  • The UCU FF has stated that “Members should make their claims as each deduction occurs, ie. as they get each payslip.”, so you are advised to claim on the basis of deductions as they arise in each payslip.
  • The FF application form will ask you to upload a scan of the relevant payslip, you can download this from CORE (please submit in PDF or JPEG format).
  • For enquires: fightingfund@ucu.org.uk (always cite your UCU membership number).
  • You are also advised to read the official FF page and guidance before applying.

Hardship Fund (UCU Liverpool Branch)

You are advised to apply to the Fighting Fund for initial coverage to offset deductions. For additional financial help, i.e. funds beyond the Fighting Fund daily allowance or other limitations, you can also apply direct to the local branch committee for our Hardship Fund.

The Hardship fund is intended for individuals suffering imminent difficulty due to strike deductions, such as staff employed on lower salary bands, hourly paid staff or having urgent financial commitments such as caring costs. Please also consider donating to our Hardship Fund.

Key facts about the Hardship Fund:

  • This scheme is operated by the branch committee and not UCU national.
  • You should apply for this scheme if you are seeking coverage of deductions above the normal Fighting Fund daily rate of £50 and other limitations due to imminent difficulties resulting from deductions.
  • The rate is £50 per day, you cannot claim for deductions already claimed under the Fighting Fund, but can claim to further supplement deductions sustained.
  • You need to be a valid member paying the correct subscription rate (check here).
  • You are advised to claim on the basis of deductions as they arise in each payslip.
  • You must be able to demonstrate deductions due to industrial action.

To apply for the local branch Hardship Fund, you are recommended to use our online Webform or send the following to the branch office by email (lucu@liverpool.ac.uk) or postage:

  • Enclose your full name, residential address and UCU membership number.
  • Confirm you have already applied for the Fighting Fund, enclosing your Fighting Fund reference number (if in doubt, ask UCU’s Fighting Fund for this).
  • Explain the circumstances of your Hardship Fund claim.
  • Enclose (by email or postage) scans of the payslip(s) in question, you can download this from CORE (please submit in PDF or JPEG format).
  • For enquires: lucu@liverpool.ac.uk or see further branch contact options.
  • If you would like to request a meeting to discuss your Hardship Fund claim in person, please contact the branch using details shown above.
  • If you have an imminent need, and cannot for some reason meet the above requirements, please contact the branch urgently and ask to speak to a branch officer.