20 February is United Nations World Day of Social Justice and the University and College Union is supporting the One Day Without Us mobilisation which invites supporters to celebrate the contribution migrants make by taking part in a unifying action: at 1pm all migrants and their supporters are invited to link arms and/or hold up placards, take photos and post them on social media using the hashtags #ucu and #1DayWithoutUs.
Check the live wall of all initiatives related to the #1DayWithoutUs campaign on UCU's website: https://www.ucu.org.uk/onedaywithoutus
The UCU also invites supporters to ask their MP to recognise and protect the enormous contribution EU academic staff and students make to the UK's higher education and research sectors.
This action is part of a broader UCU campaign " We are international" aiming to defend the rights of EU Nationals, considering the Brexit vote and its implications. All branches are being asked to take action in this mobilisation, by setting branch policy, seeking and promoting agreement from key local stakeholders (eg, management, student unions etc), as well as recruiting and organising EU nationals and other international staff. A guide for UCU branches and members as well as campaign materials ( posters, template letter to university management, model branch motion, etc.) are available on the UCU website.