Strike Pay – How to Claim from the Fighting Funds
The national officers have authorised payments from the national Fighting Fund in support of members in the HE disputes (USS and Four Fights) which started on 1 December 2021. Payments from the national scheme apply from your second strike day and currently up to a maximum of 11 days. In addition, as a branch, we have passed a motion to use our local strike fund to reimburse hourly-paid staff for the first day they strike up to the same daily maximum. Please note the December, February and March dates are all considered a single set of actions meaning your “first day” of action (for which no payment is available from the national fund) is only counted once, not separately for each set of dates.
In order to make a claim to the Fighting Fund you need to:
- be paying subscriptions at the correct rate (if any subscription is payable);
- have participated in official strike action and lost pay for this
- provide evidence of deduction from your salary or loss of earnings for strike action.
Claiming from the Local Strike Fund (hourly paid staff, day 1 claims)
Please send the following to our treasurer David Wilson – D.Wilson@lboro.ac.uk
- confirmation from your School or Department of the hours not worked due to striking
- the number of hours missed and the hourly rate of pay you receive
Claiming from the National Strike Fund (all other claims)
Claims to the Fighting Fund in respect of all disputes can only be made once members receive payslips showing deductions for strike action. Please read the appropriate Guidance before making your application. The Higher Education Guidance can be found here.
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.
Donating to the National Fighting Fund
You can make a donation to the Fighting Fund here or by sending a cheque payable to UCU and marking the back of the cheque ‘donation to UCU fighting fund’. Please send cheques to UCU, Carlow Street, London NW1 7LH.