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Beat the 50% threshold - vote today

25 October 2019 | last updated: 21 June 2021

The deadline to vote in UCU's nationwide ballot is less than a week away. If you are among the tens of thousands of members who have posted their votes - thank you. If you aren't, please make sure you post them by Monday 28 October.

The more branches that reach the 50% turnout threshold which the law requires for industrial action, the better the outcome we can get from negotiations.

The need for action is clear

We need to get employers to do something about the issues that are central to our pay ballot: not just pay, but equality, workload, and job security as well.

Watch this short video in which Alison, a casually employed member, explains why the fight for more secure work matters to her. There are 70,000 staff on casual contracts like Alison's and a similar number on fixed-term contracts, as UCU has highlighted. In addition:

For more information on the ballot, read these FAQs.

Support for the dispute

There is strong support for our dispute both within and beyond UCU:

Those who are familiar with the sector recognise how staff are being squeezed and want to see us succeed in improving our conditions. The only way to do that is to vote yes for industrial action and give our negotiators the leverage they need to get a better deal.

Jo Grady
UCU general secretary