UCU Local Strike Support Fund

Newcastle UCU Local Strike Support Fund: 
The Newcastle University UCU branch has created a local support fund specifically aimed at assisting hourly paid / casual staff losing income due to strike action.
1. Anyone claiming assistance through the fund must be a member of the UCU.
2. Anyone claiming assistance through the fund must have taken strike action.
3. Anyone claiming assistance through the fund must not have claimed from the national fund for the same period (i.e. ‘double claiming’ for the loss of earnings).
4. All payments will be made by cheque or BACS. This is a condition of our bank and cannot be changed by the branch – Cash cannot be issued.
5. All claims will be assessed by a fund committee to ensure compliance with national guidelines.
We recognise that members will require monies paid into their accounts as close as possible to regular pay dates in order to prevent financial distress. Therefore, the following procedures have been implemented to make this as easy as possible:
1. Evidence of loss of earnings
We aim to ensure that hourly paid staff are supported before any deductions from earnings appear. Therefore, we propose the following:
 A day will be organised in advance of the regular payment date during which non-permanent staff can attend the UCU office and submit their claims to the support fund committee. If approved, a BACS payment will be made on this day.
 Evidence can include: a signed letter by a UCU Rep in your School, Department, or Faculty confirming that you did not work on the strike day; a copy of your contract, timetable or letter of appointment.
2. Loss of all earnings in one day
As hourly-paid staff, it is common that an entire teaching load, and therefore all earnings, occur in a single day. The support fund states that claims can be made for up to £50 per day of strike action, to a maximum of £500 for the duration of the strike.
£50 per day will not represent only the days that you teach, but the days in which the strike occurs.
Therefore, if you lose £150 for all classes taught on a Friday, and this represents 100% of your anticipated income, this will be dis-aggregated over 3 days of strike action.
3. Variations in contract type
A clear problem that has arisen throughout our anti-casualisation campaign is that there are multiple types of contract being utilised across the university. If you feel that your contract is not covered above, please email ucu.office@newcastle.ac.uk with your query.
4. National Fund
If your loss of earnings will not lead to personal hardship (e.g. you have savings, other earnings, a partner in work, etc), please utilise the national UCU strike pay facility (see https://www.ucu.org.uk/media/9164/USS-dispute-Support-for-members-taking-industrial-action/pdf/ucu_ussdispute_fightingfund1.pdf). This will allow the local support fund to prioritise those with most need for urgent payment.
The branch might ask (retrospectively and only if necessary) for documents that enable the fund committee to properly quantify the losses incurred by staff. This will be communicated in writing at a date following the conclusion of action.
Newcastle UCU will seek to recoup support fund money if it is discovered to have been claimed untruthfully.
To join our anti-casualisation mailing list and campaign, please email nuanticas@gmail.com