University and College Union

Academic settles long-running legal battle with trade union

By Marcus Dysch, December 24, 2014

A union which won an employment tribunal brought by a Jewish academic who claimed he had been harassed has agreed an out-of-court settlement in its own claim for costs.

The University College Union said it had agreed a deal with Ronnie Fraser’s lawyers Mishcon de Reya after long-running legal argument.


Fraser speaks at US ‘freedom’ conference

By Marcus Dysch, July 4, 2013

A teacher has explained his decision to appear at a controversial American conference that featured an activist who is banned from Britain.

Ronnie Fraser said he agreed to speak at the American Freedom Alliance (AFA) event following his experience in bringing an unsuccessful employment tribunal against the University and College Union.


Why the Ronnie Fraser case against the UCU was a legal and public relations disaster

By Jonathan Goldberg, April 22, 2013

Rebecca from Finchley writes: I was furious to read your comment last week that bringing the Ronnie Fraser harassment case against the University College Union was “an act of epic folly”. Surely it was high time the Anglo-Jewish community stood up for its rights, win or lose?


Union case was ‘Hitler’s legacy’

By Marcus Dysch, April 18, 2013

The teacher who lost a case against his union over accusations of harassment and antisemitism has spoken for the first time of the “devastating” impact of the case.

Ronnie Fraser said he felt a “duty” to stand up for British Jews, but had found the experience of giving evidence “terrifying”.


UCU judgment 'is a travesty', says JLC chief

By Marcus Dysch and Jonathan Kalmus, April 15, 2013

The judgment in the case of an academic who accused the University College Union of harassment and institutional antisemitism was “devastating” and a “travesty”, the chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council has claimed.

Jeremy Newmark said the 49-page ruling on Ronnie Fraser’s employment tribunal was “polarised” and “extreme”.


Where next after UCU ruling?

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 15, 2013

In 2011, the University College Union repudiated the "working definition" of antisemitism promulgated by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism. This definition, while permitting criticism of Israel as of any other state, nonetheless included among its examples of antisemitic conduct, "manifestations" that "target the state of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity."


Tribunal had same attitude as UCU

By David Hirsch, April 4, 2013

The Tribunal found against Ronnie Fraser on everything: on technicalities, legal argument, issues of substance and of fact.

It found everything significant that the UCU said in its defence persuasive and nothing said by Mr Fraser or any of his witnesses about antisemitism to be of any value.


Does the UCU harbour hate? You decide

By David Hirsch, April 4, 2013

In 2006, Ronnie Fraser stood as a delegate to NATFHE conference (a predecessor to UCU). It was said at the regional meeting that Mr Fraser could not be a delegate because he was a Zionist and therefore a racist. NATFHE held an investigation and found that this statement had not been antisemitic.


Anti-Israel union case was ‘act of epic folly’

By Simon Rocker, April 4, 2013

A failed legal challenge to the anti-Israeli policies of Britain’s lecturers’ union has divided opinion as community activists try to grapple with the repercussions.


Pro-Israel activist's case against UCU fails

By Jenni Frazer, March 28, 2013

A blistering rejection of pro-Israel activist Ronnie Fraser's case against the academic union, UCU, was published on Seder night by a London employment tribunal.

In a 49-page ruling, the Employment Judge, AM Snelson, sitting with Mr A Grant and Lady Sedley, rejected Mr Fraser's claims of unlawful harassment by the UCU, and dismissed the entire proceedings.