Strike Funds for Members and Wage Sharing Scheme (SHAPE Industrial Action/ Assessment Boycott)
For all Strike Fund advice, links to UCU Fighting Fund and our Local Fund advice/ claim form, please see https://ulivucunews.org.uk/strike-funds-for-members/
Members are also asked to consider donating to our Local Fund (https://ulivucunews.org.uk/hardship-fund/).
Please also see our ‘wage sharing’ scheme below encouraging members to donate to our Local Fund to support UCU collegues taking part in the assessment boycott at this time, as these staff may require additional financial support from our Local Fund during this period.
University of Liverpool UCU wage-sharing policy in the fight against ‘Project Shape’
Our fight to defend jobs in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences continues after the highly effective three weeks of strike action that ended on the 11 June.
From the 18 June, UCU members are boycotting all marking and all assessment processes. In response, the University has opted to deduct 100% of pay for those members directly involved in this action.
The branch policy we decided upon was that those members not directly involved in the marking and assessment boycott would provide financial support to those who are taking action: “the branch is encouraging at least 50% of wages or whatever is possible” (‘Escalating industrial action’ motion passed, 1 June OGM):
“To effectively defend jobs, branch members not participating in a marking and assessment boycott will provide financial support to the branch encouraging at least 50% of wages or whatever is possible given we know the shameful threat that 100% deductions will likely be taken from those members participating in the boycott for partial performance of duties.”
We now call upon branch members to contribute to act in solidarity with their fellow UCU members who are maintaining the boycott.
You can contribute with a straightforward donation into the branch fighting fund account.
We are encouraging members to be generous. The boycott is continuous and those members taking this action need maximum support from the whole branch.
‘At least 50%’ of net pay (reflecting a typical salary month) is something that all members should consider. Those facing 100% pay deduction are all in the normal range of home circumstances, and include members with significant caring responsibilities, who are sole bread-winners, and who are suffering double-income deductions.
With respect to donating members, of course personal circumstances also vary hugely and no judgement is made by the branch of any amount donated by a member. We simply ask that members contribute the maximum amount that is feasible for them.
All contributions are voluntary and will be treated confidentially.
The frequency of payments will also be up to individuals to decide what works for them. One model that would be useful for the branch would be for donations to come in weekly, so that the rate of income aligns with the continuity of the boycott, for its duration.
We are a united branch. We stand together. We are determined to save jobs at the University. This is everyone’s fight.
For queries on any of the above, please contact the branch: https://ulivucunews.org.uk/contact-us/
University of Liverpool UCU Finance Group