Staff Unions

Staff at the RCA are able to be part of two Unions – UCU which represents academic staff and Unite which represents technical staff. Historically there hasn’t been much contact between the three of us but moving forward we will be having regular meetings to make sure that we can support each other.
We are stronger together fighting the same fight!
There are dozens of reasons to join a union, but ultimately, it comes down to protecting your rights in the workplace. Some members of staff are reluctant to join the Unions as they perceiv that this is a black mark against their name in the eyes of management. The larger the Union memberships are the more sway they have.
Do you know if your favourite tutor or technician is a member of the Union? Would you like them to be? At the end of this page there is a template email to send to staff to show your support in them becoming part of the Union.
 Unite trade union works hard to ensure all workers have the right representation in their workplace, as well as making your voice heard in Government debate and decision-making. When you join Unite, you’ll become part of a diverse and varied community of working people, just like you. Not only will you have our support on workplace issues such as fair pay for all and a healthy working environment; you’ll also have access to a number of Unite benefits such as legal advice, training and education.
It doesn’t cost a lot to become one of the biggest and fastest growing trade unions in the UK. Use the online cost calculator to see what you might pay each month, in exchange for endless support and varied benefits.
The University and College Union (UCU) represents over 120,000 academics, lecturers, trainers, instructors, researchers, managers, administrators, computer staff, librarians and postgraduates in universities, colleges, prisons, adult education and training organisations across the UK.
UCU is recognised by higher and further education employers at a national level, and by many individual institutions locally throughout the UK, for the purposes of negotiating salaries, pay structures and conditions of employment. UCU works closely with other unions on matters of common concern, often jointly lobbying government and other bodies on employment and educational issues. UCU is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), and sends delegates to its annual congress and to its women’s and black members, disabled and LGBT conferences.
Email Template
Hi ____,
I just wondered if you are part of UCU or Unite? I believe that the college community benefits from it’s members being part of strong unions. As I’m sure many students do, I support you in being represented and want to make sure you have a healthy working environment. No worries if you don’t wish to disclose whether you are a member or not. I just wanted you to know students endorse the unions.
All the best,