Strike Funds for Members

There are two funds available: the national Fighting Fund and the Local Fund (see lower area of this page) provided by our branch. You may be eligible for both, as explained below.

Fighting Fund (UCU National Scheme)

To claim usual national Fighting Fund, log into the UCU members portal, go to My UCU and see the ‘Fighting Fund’ tab to begin a claim using the webform. Note, you must await your payslip to upload for each claim/ phase of action on the national FF claimform.

Fighting Fund (IMPORTANT SHAPE notes and how to claim for each action)

Following industrial action members are reminded they can apply for the UCU national Fighting Fund to supplement deducted earnings. For the August strike (04/08-14/08) Fighting Fund will be provided directly by the local branch (see below).

When to submit your SHAPE Fighting Fund application(s)
You must make individual/ separate FF claims for distinct action(s):
1. 24/05-11/06 strike: Deductions for the intitial action ending 11/06 occured in the July payslip, you can claim national FF at any time for this action by uploading your July payslip on the national FF webform. You will likely input 14 in both fields asking for days of action & how many you care claiming for (a max. of 11 days is paid by FF for this action).
2. 18/06-05/07 boycott action: Deductions for the boycott action occured in the October payslip, you can claim national FF at any time for this action by uploading your October payslip on the national FF webform. A max. of 12 days is paid by FF for this action. Note – the branch president has advised that there is no 3 day penalty for this action, rates are £50 per day (earning over £30k) or £75 per day (earning under £30k).
3. 04/08-14/08 strike: For the Aug 4-14th action the normal Fighting Fund is provided directly by our local branch, rather than national UCU. For this specific strike period please do not apply to the national FF site, instead you can make your claim using our secure Webform (the webform has been emailed to all branch members, it it not posted online for security reasons).The webform requires MWS login and Duo dual authentication. Note that 7th and 14th Aug were Saturdays, please only factor those dates if you lost pay for striking on those days. Rates reflect typical historic national Fighting Fund rates (£50 per day from your third day of strike onwards, for those members earning over £30,000. £75 per day from your second day of strike onwards, for those members earning under £30,000). You must be able to demonstrate deductions due to industrial action (however, for casualised staff or problems evidencing action please describe any difficulties on the webform and simply complete other sections). If you are in a position where you can go without making a claim or you feel able to claim for a lesser amount please consider doing so in order that we can prioritise those whose loss of pay may cause particular hardship. The Fund will be able to support more members for longer if you can contribute in this way. To claim for a lower amount than your expected claim, please note this and sum required on the webform. For additional advice or problems completing the webform please contact the branch office. Note, the Local Fund for additional urgent and imminent need is a separate process, you can see details about our Local Fund lower down this page.
4. 01/12/21-03/12/21 strike – The national Fighting Fund is available for this nation-wide action (Four Fights and USS dispute), see the 2021 FF page, also see detailed advice on exclusion days/ total days which can be claimed for your salary bracket.

Key facts about the National Fighting Fund (IMPORTANT – the below is typical FF information only):

  • Note – below rates reflect typical historic FF rates only, for full detailed information on rates and excluded days for specific periods/actions see PDF and guides at:
  • You will need to log into the national UCU members’ portal to register.
  • The typical historical rate is £50 per day from day 3 onwards.
  • A typical historical rate of £75 per day from day 2 onwards is typically available for those earning less than £30,000.
  • Any individual/separate action has a limit of 11 days FF support.
  • Support will also be provided to hourly paid staff who may lose work as a consequence of taking strike action and strike pay will be made based upon your normal working patterns.
  • You need to be a valid member paying the correct subscription rate (check here).
  • You must be able to demonstrate deductions due to industrial action.

Help applying to the Fighting Fund

  • See the instructions for submitting your claim on the FF site.
  • 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, however in any difficulty, you can make a single claim on your last payslip containing deductions.
  • The FF application 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: (always cite your UCU membership number).

Local Fund (UCU Liverpool Branch)

You should 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 Local Fund.

The local fund is intended for individuals suffering imminent financial difficulty due to strike deductions, such as staff employed on lower salary bands, hourly paid staff, those on precarious contracts/ facing end of contract circumstances. The local fund is also available to all who may need support to meet essential living costs to help them continue to participate in industrial action.

Please also consider donating to our Local Fund. Also see information on our Wage Sharing scheme.

To apply for the local branch Local Fund, please ensure you use our online Webform.

Note on UoL boycott deductions
The university has stated that it will be deducting pay for participation in the marking and assessment boycott from 18/06 in the October 2021 payslip. It is possible to claim national FF for the boycott period (see national Fighting Fund advice above). LF is also available for the boycott action should circumstances require this.

  • When to make a LF claim: You are advised to make Local Fund claims for distinct phases of action as these arise.
  • Evidencing LF claims: Rather than waiting for payslips you can claim up-front as soon as days of action are known. You can simply supply CORE ‘My Time’ scans/screenshots or equivalent evidence, this will result in avoiding multiple claims over several months). If you have difficulties evidencing action during the boycott please submit your claim and explain any difficulties on the webform.
  • Rates available: you can specify a lump sum of your choice. For the lump sum, please indicate desired funds required from £50-£350 in £50 increments, e.g. if you require £50, £100, £150 etc.
  • Casualised staff and other staff facing precarious contracts or similar difficulties should also consider applying for the Local Fund to offset costs arising from strike action in these circumstances.
  • If you have further imminent costs arising due to the action beyond the Local Fund’s normal rate, please explain these on Webform.
  • This scheme is operated by the branch committee and not UCU national.
  • You should only apply for this scheme if you are seeking coverage of deductions above normal Fighting Fund daily rate (where this is available for specific actions) and need further support as a result of pay deductions for participating in industrial action.
  • Please supply the total number of days you were on strike, including the first three days (if you work part time, you can supply this as a decimal if required).
  • You need to be a valid member paying the correct subscription rate (check here).
  • The Local Fund is only available for members who completed the full period of that industrial action.
  • If you cannot for some reason meet the above requirements e.g. if you did not take action on all strike days, please contact the branch urgently and ask to speak to a branch officer.

To apply for the local branch Local Fund, please ensure you use our online Webform, for any difficulties or questions regarding the form, please contact the branch office by email (, the online form requires –

  • Your choice of payment type/ rate (see options above).
  • Your full name, residential address and UCU membership number.
  • An explanation of the circumstances of your Local Fund claim.
  • Documentation indicating strike days, e.g. you can download payslips from CORE (please submit in PDF or JPEG format).
  • Please outline the specific strike action/dates your claim refers to.
  • For enquires: or see further branch contact options.
  • If you would like to request a discussion with a UCU branch official to discuss your Local Fund claim, please contact the branch using details shown above.