Vote YES to action on Pay – Ballot open now – Vote by May 4

UCUPayCampaignLocal-page-001In response to the employers’ inadequate offer of 1% pay award, UCU are balloting you to seek a mandate for industrial action.  Goldsmiths UCU exec urge you to vote YES to strike action and YES to action short of a strike. You need to vote before May 4th.

Here are reasons you we believe you should vote for industrial action:

The cost of living is rising: 1% does not come near the increase to our cost of living, particularly when you consider housing costs in London.

Our pay is in decline: Changes to THE way you pay National Insurance and ADDITIONAL pension costs will come into effect next month.  This means that on average, our members will each be £70/month worse off. A 1% pay increase will not offset this loss.

Your salary is now worth 14.5% less in real terms than it was in 2009.

HE sector is in surplus: The fact is that we’re not a cash poor sector. Universities had a record surplus last year of £1.8 billion – mostly because of the numbers of students paying the £9000 fees. OK, Goldsmiths isn’t like Oxford (which a surplus of £191 million) or Imperial (with a surplus of £143 million) but we need to stand together with our colleagues across the country to make sure we all get the pay we deserve.

Challenging inequalities and casualisation: And that means challenging existing inequalities – like the outrage of the gender pay gap and the scandal of so many people on fixed- term contracts (and in some universities on zero hours contracts).

We need to send the employers a strong message that we are not prepared to accept the miserly 1% offer nor the continuing inequalities in pay so vote YES to industrial action.

More information

Or contact your branch


UCUHE/272 informs branches and LA’s of letters received from HEI’s challenging the pay dispute for 2016 – 2017. UCU’s standard response to those institutions forms part of this circular:


The Gold Paper

GovernanceAfter a series of discussions and contributions by staff and students to the draft gold paper we are pleased to publish an updated copy of the Gold Paper:

Thanks to everyone who has given their input so far.

The Gold Paper begins from two ambitions: to restate our purpose and reclaim a vision of the public university that is disappearing from view in the midst of the increasing marketisation of HE, while also offering pragmatic steps towards its achievement beginning with what we do at Goldsmiths.

For this to work it must be a grass roots endeavour involving everyone from porters to professors; it must be a collaborative process.

To contribute your ideas email (head the email Gold Paper).

Lobby of College Council: We’ll also be lobbying the College Council on Thursday 14 April with a simple demand that College Council timetable a discussion with staff and students on the GOLD PAPER at the next meeting.

Full details: 

Printed copies of the Gold Paper will soon be available. Email if you would like some.