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. Forms are available below.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), know so that he can ascertain the payment was meant for the hardship fund. Confidentiality over donations is guaranteed.