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Latest IFL Update from UCU HQ

Dear colleagues,
IFL renewal deadline not until *31 May*
Thanks to everyone who turned out today to support our strike. I am writing to you now with some welcome news in our campaign against the hike in IfL fees.
I have now received confirmation that members have until 31 May 2011 to renew and pay the membership subscription for this year (1 April 2011-30 September 2012). IfL have told us that they consider that if the fee is not paid until then, membership will not lapse until 1 June 2011. Our view is that if due process is followed, this might take even longer.  
So, our advice remains that members can continue to delay paying their subscriptions while we attempt to achieve an acceptable negotiated alternative. To do this, I need your help.
We need you to help us build the pressure on all parties to come to the table.
If you haven’t already done so, please join more than 16,000 of your colleagues and sign the petition against the £68 fee here: We will use this petition to build pressure on the government and the IfL.
In addition, UCU is beginning a formal ballot on a claim against your employer. We are calling on them to pay your IfL fee subscription otherwise we will orchestrate a collective refusal by members to maintain their IfL membership.

Look out for more details of this very soon and keep supporting your union.
Thank you for reading this email,
Yours sincerely

Sally Hunt
UCU general secretary

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