A message from Roger

The UCU general secretary ballot result has now been declared and Sally Hunt has been elected. The union and our members face major and difficult challenges from employers and government in almost every aspect of our working lives. The turnout was just 13.9 per cent which in itself suggests the scale of the challenge the union faces. I wish Sally Hunt very well in meeting those challenges. To meet them successfully will require a clear strategic vision and a determined articulate response which members can have confidence in and ownership of. I will seek to play my part in ensuring that is the case through my continuing role as Head of Equality and Employment Rights Finally I would like to sincerely thank the hundreds of members who sent messages of support and campaigned during the election.

Monday, 5 March 2007

Help stop the deportation of Alphonsus Uche Okafor-Mefor:

Paul Mackney and a number of members of UCU have sent messages of protest to the Home Office against the deportation of Alphonsus Uche Okafor-Mefor who is in imminent danger of torture or death if returned to Nigeria. The protest grew out of the Save ESOL campaign and is already having some impact as he was removed from the plane that was due to take him back this week. Please support him by writing a write a letter to Liam Byrne MP, Minister of State for Immigration, Home Office, 2 Marsham Street London SW1P 4DF or email byrnel@parliament.uk stating the name and case reference number M1320887. He is a leading figure in the campaign group Asylum voice who have campaigned against the abuses suffered by asylum seekers.

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A trade unionist all his working life. An activist and a proud campaigner, Roger has consistently worked to defend human rights of workers. As the leader of the Equality and Employment Rights team in the newly formed UCU he continues to unite the movement around equality and keep employment rights at the top of the agenda.