Pay deductions for the December strike days will appear on pay slips in January or February.

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 second day onwards; members earning below £30,000 will be able to claim up to £75 per day from the second day onwards, up to a maximum of eleven days (under review).

You will need your pay slips for January (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 and 2019-20 strikes, the local hardship fund disbursed many thousands of pounds.

Details of how to claim are on the UCU website.

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.

You only need to complete the form once, listing strike days for December, February and March. Please send completed forms and payslips to Francis Pritchard (francis.pritchard@durham.ac.uk).

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, Thomas Renström (t.i.renstrom@durham.ac.uk), know so that he can ascertain the payment was meant for the hardship fund. Confidentiality over donations is guaranteed.