Strike Funds for Members

There are two funds available: the national Fighting Fund and the Local Fund provided by our branch. You may be eligible for both, as explained below.

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:

Staggered deductions

See advice ‘Note on claiming for Staggered Deductions’ (for Fighting Fund).

To apply 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.
  • 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 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 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 facing end of contract circumstances or having urgent financial commitments such as urgent housing, caring or disability related costs. Please also consider donating to our Local Fund.

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

Key facts about the Local 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 Local Fund rate is £50 per day, you cannot claim for deductions already claimed under the Fighting Fund, but can claim to further supplement deductions sustained.
  • The Local Fund will now compensate for all days of industrial action. Please supply the total number of days you were on strike (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).
  • You should claim for all deductions in a single Local Fund claim. If you asked for staggered deductions, you can supply CORE ‘My Time’ scans/screesnhots or equivolent evidence to indicate total days of action, please also supply your first payslip or equivolent evidence showing deductions, this will result in a single claim and single payment, avoiding the need for multiple Local Fund claims over several months). Also see our Note on claiming for Staggered Deductions.
  • You must be able to demonstrate deductions due to industrial action.
  • The Local Fund is only available for members who completed the full period of industrial action.
  • If you have further imminent costs arising due to the action above the Local Fund daily rate or cannot for some reason meet the above requirements 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 full name, residential address and UCU membership number.
  • Confirmation you have already applied for the Fighting Fund, enclosing your Fighting Fund reference number (if in doubt, ask UCU’s Fighting Fund for this).
  • An explanation of the circumstances of your Local Fund claim.
  • Scans or other format of payslip(s) showing deductions.
  • Documentation indicating strike days, e.g. you can download payslips from CORE (please submit in PDF or JPEG format).
  • 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.