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April, 2010:

Environmental Campaigning

You might already be aware of UCU’s work on campaigning around environmental issues, summarised on the website at http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=3386 – if not, I recommend you take a look.  Environmental campaigning might seem a little outside of our union’s normal core business, but it can be a great way to recruit new members and to engage existing ones, as well as being an important campaigning end in itself.

If you’re interested in doing some green campaigning in your branch, please visit www.climatesolidarity.org or contact UCU’s environmental campaign co-ordinator, Graham Petersen, on 020 8918 7383 or gpetersen@ucu.org.uk

UCU Activity on May 5th

Following the meeting of Regional Committee this weekend and the calling of a Day of Action on May 5th by the national FE Committee, we are contacting all West Midlands branches (both FE and HE) to urge you to show your opposition to funding cuts, redundancies and further threats to the education sector by holding a branch meeting, open to all your members, on Wednesday May 5th.  You might use it just to let members know what you’ve been up to recently, and what wins the union has had.  Alternatively, you might use it to brief them on what management in your institution has got planned.  Either way, it’s a great forum to build support, and get assistance from lay members for organising, campaigning and recruiting; you might be able to get more members or reps out of it, or start an action group who will lead or assist with campaigning on important issues in your area.


Lobbying Parliamentary Candidates

As part of the Make Education Count campaign, UCU’s West Midlands region is urging all of its branches to send the following letter to all candidates standing in their constituency or constituencies, on behalf of the branch committee.  You might also consider amending it and encouraging branch members to send it individually to their own prospective MPs.  You can find details of which candidates are standing in your constituency or constituencies by using this search page.