One Day without Us – 20 February

One Day Without Us 20 February 2017

The Regional Office would like to draw your attention to an event that is being held on 20 February. This is not a UCU event but we are aware that a number of institutions are running activities on the day and you might be approached about it. If they haven’t contacted you then you might want to initiate contact with your employer to find out whether there is any joint work that you can do that day, or organise a UCU event.

1 Day Without Us is a National Day of Action on 20th Feb 2017 to celebrate the contribution of migrants to the UK, to coincide with UN World Day of Social Justice.

For 24 hours, we are inviting migrants from inside and outside the European Union, and everyone who supports them, to celebrate the contribution that migrants make. Some may choose to do this symbolically, by wearing badges and lanyards, posting selfies or pictures that show your support, or putting posters in their windows.

Some may wish to have a communal meal or a party with the migrants they have known as friends, colleagues, workmates and neighbours. Workers may take a five-minute silence or a mini-rally at lunchtime or tea-time.

There are also those who may wish to highlight migrant contributions to the UK in more direct ways. Some may prefer a march or a rally. Others may decide to stop work or leave their classes for ten minutes or an hour or the whole day. (N.B. please note that UCU is not recommending anyone leave work without permission from your employer as any such action would result in you being in breach of your contract. Please seek advice from the Regional Office before taking such action).

There are many ways that you can take part in this day. Do what you feel able to do and what you feel is most appropriate to your situation.

Whatever your nationality and place of origin; wherever you live and work, join us and make February 20 a day of protest, solidarity and celebration. _____________________________________________To find out what’s happening in your area, visit

Contact your employer and find out whether they are going to be supporting this and if so, what they are planning.


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