UCU seeks support for EU staff from Norwich general election candidates
The UCU branch at UEA recently asked all the general election candidates in Norwich North and Norwich South to sign up to a pledge to try to get the next government to grant existing EU nationals the right to remain in the UK.
UCU@UEA wrote to all the candidates on Friday 3 June, asking for replies by 6 June.
The branch issued a press release to local media, describing the challenge. The release was copied to the UEA press office, the SU, the UEA student paper/website ‘Concrete’ and to campus unions.
The story was published on the website of the Eastern Daily Press: http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/education/university-staff-call-on-norwich-election-candidates-to-eu-workers-rights-pledge-1-5045876
The effort was part of a campaign ‘Our universities are international – let’s keep them that way’, which UCU is running at UEA. This is linked to UCU’s national efforts on this theme: https://www.ucu.org.uk/we-are-international
By 1.30 on Tuesday 6 June, we had received supportive responses from all candidates except the two Conservatives, who had still not replied.
Green Candidate Adrian Holmes Support
Tory Candidate Chloe Smith No reply
Labour Candidate Chris Jones Support
Lib Dem Candidate Hugh Lanham Support
Pirate Party Candidate Liam Matthews Support
Green candidate Richard Bearman Support
Labour Candidate Clive Lewis Support
Tory candidate Lana Hempsall No reply
Lib Dem candidate James Wright Support
Support the campaign at UEA!
UCU@UEA is considering ideas for further activity in support of our EU colleagues. If you would like to join this campaign and offer ideas and support, write to us. We will send you a pack of posters and stickers, a copy of UCU’s Post-Brexit guide and ideas for what you can do. Write to: