About the network

15 unions worldwide have now signed an international agreement on defending education and employment standards in the context of global marketisation. Together, these unions represent more than half a million tertiary education workers around the world.

The deepening global recession and the cutting back of public provision will only give greater encouragement to a burgeoning private sector, making the international agreement only more relevant and important.

We are now turning this community of over 500,000 academics into something tangible.

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Australian union calls for fair trial for Dr Beltran

Thanks to the National Tertiary Education Union of Australia (NTEU) for writing to President Uribe of Colombia calling for a fair trial for Dr Beltran. The NTEU’s letter, copied to Education International and the minister for Foreign Affairs in Australia, notes that Dr Beltran is a prisoner of conscience and calls for independent observers to [...]

Dr Beltran – update

Dear colleague The University and College Union has invited an imprisoned academic, Dr Miguel Angel Beltran, to address our Congress which takes place in Manchester in a month’s time, from 30 May to 1 June. In fact, Dr Beltran is expected to be in court in Bogota at that time, after a year in prison [...]

Help ensure a fair trial for Dr Beltrán in Colombia

Help ensure a fair trial for Dr Beltrán in Colombia

On 22nd May 2009 Dr Miguel Angel Beltrán Villegas, a Colombian academic studying in Mexico, was detained by the Mexican immigration authorities at the request of the Colombian Government. He was flown back to Bogota where, the following day, he was charged with the crimes of [...]

UCU report shows main parties bent on privatisation

As the general election campaign begins in Britain, a new UCU report has warned that both the ’New Labour’ government and the Conservative opposition are united in promoting policies that will further marketise and privatise the higher education system in the UK. The report warns that both parties are peddling a vision that will import the [...]

UCU branch activist writes: how we defeated INTO

The president of Essex University UCU has written an account of how his branch campaigned successfully to stop a the setting up of a joint venture  between the University and INTO University Partnerships. This is a fascinating and extremely useful account and we hope it helps other union branches around the world who want to campaign against this [...]