Pay deductions for the November and December strike days will appear on pay slips in January and February.
Errors in calculations
Due to an error by HR, deductions were made from payslips at a rate of 1/260 not 1/365. HR inform us that this will be corrected and refunded as soon as possible.
National strike pay
UCU will provide strike pay as follows: members earning £30,000 or more will be able to claim up to £50 per day from the third day onwards; members earning below £30,000 will be able to claim up to £75 per day from the second day onwards. The maximum currently claimable by any one member is £500.
You will need your pay slips for January and February (when the deductions will be made) to apply to the local and national funds (you may apply for both).
If you need financial assistance because of strike action, please do not be afraid to apply for it, whatever your career stage or contractual status. During the 2018 strike, the local hardship fund disbursed many thousands of pounds.
Local hardship fund
We also have a local hardship fund which you can apply to for funds beyond those covered by the central strike pay.
In response to feedback from members, there have been some small changes to the form and the process. The revised form is below.
You only need to complete the form once, listing strike days for February and March, but most people will need to send two payslips as most deductions will be spread across March and April. You can send your form with your March payslip as soon as your payslip is available, then send your April payslip when it is available. Please send completed forms and payslips to Francis Pritchard (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Remember that to access your payslips offsite you will need remote access to Oracle that requires the Microsoft Authenticator app (see details at https://www.dur.ac.uk/hr/oraclefusionportal/).
Donating to the hardship fund
If you need financial assistance because of strike action, please do not be afraid to apply for it, whatever your career stage or contractual status.
But if you can afford to, please contribute to our local hardship fund: much of the money disbursed last time came from donations.
Details for payments to the hardship fund are:
Account name: UCU Durham LA17 Hardship Fund Sort code: 60-83-01 Account number: 20392222 Suggested reference for transfers: DUCU Hardship fund
If you pay cash (rather than make a bank transfer) please let our Treasurer, Peter Craig (email@example.com), know so that he can ascertain the payment was meant for the hardship fund. Confidentiality over donations is guaranteed.