Urgent action: Sudanese Teachers Committee begins national strike

By Miriam Scharf In Sudan there is an ongoing revolution, a massive network of democratically elected resistance committees and now, this week, a nation wide teachers  strike.  The economic situation is dire, becoming worse day-by-day. No teacher in Sudan can live on the present salary. Families survive on remittances from abroad. >> Read more on…

Palestinian lecturer Shahd Abusalama’s teaching reinstated after student and union campaign

A campaign mobilising support from academics, students, trade unionists and Palestine solidarity activists has pushed back against the victimisation of Palestinian academic Shahd Abusalama, a PhD student and lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). Student activists, Palestine solidarity organisations, trade unionists and academics wrote letters of protest to SHU management and campaigned on social media…

Sudan Solidarity Conference: Vicky Blake (UCU) – VIDEO

Over two hundred participants joined this online event co-organised by Sudanese Diaspora Roundtable UK, MENA Solidarity, UCU, NEU, Edinburgh TUC and other trade unions on 6 December. A full report from the conference will be published in due course, but we will be publishing video highlights from the plenary speeches in advance. If you’d like…

Education unions raise alarm as Sudan military and militias beat and detain protesting teachers

Unions representing tens of thousands of workers in higher and further education have joined the calls for action in solidarity with the Sudanese popular uprising against military rule. Britain’s University and College Union (UCU) wrote to Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, condemning the military coup and calling for immediate action by the British government to stop…

“Major distortions on basic issues” Academic report slams “invasive” rewrite of school textbooks after campaign by pro-Israeli groups

By Miriam Scharf Under pressure from pro-Israeli organisations, a major educational publisher carried out an extensive revision of two GCSE History textbooks which inserted “major distortions” on questions such as the illegality of settlements under international law, according to a leading academic. Professor John Chalcraft co-authored a detailed report comparing the content of the two…

Remembering Nita Sanghera

It was with great sadness that we learnt about the death of Nita Sanghera, UCU’s president-elect on 16 January. Among the many causes and campaigns that Nita devoted her tireless energy to supporting was mobilising solidarity for activists in the Middle East in their fight for justice. She was always outspoken in her defence of…

Trade union leaders call on Egypt’s military regime to release Hisham Fouad and Haitham Mohamedain

Via Egypt Solidarity Initiative Leading figures across the trade union movement in Britain have thrown their weight behind a campaign in solidarity with journalist Hisham Fouad and lawyer Haitham Mohamedain who have been detained by Egypt’s military regime on trumped up charges. Trade Union Congress president Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of the National Union…

Education unions condemn arrest of Sudanese teachers’ leader

The arrest and disappearance of Yassin Hassan Abdelkarim, president of the Sudanese Teachers’ Committee on 28 June has drawn strong condemnation from the University and College Union (UCU) and International Solidarity Officers in the NEU teachers’ union. Paul Cottrell, acting General Secretary of UCU wrote to the Sudanese ambassador calling for Yassin’s immediate release after…

UCU Congress votes for #SudanStrikeSolidarity

Delegates at the annual congress of higher and further education union UCU have voted to support the struggle of the Sudanese people for democracy and social justice on the eve of a general strike called by the Sudanese Professionals Association to demand an immediate handover of power to a civilian government. Motion from Liverpool UCU…