Thanks to everyone who supported last week’s UCU strike here at the University – we had a bunch of people on the picket line, and in addition many of you were also absent having taken unpaid leave.
The strike was called at a national level by UCU and is in response to the wholly unsatisfactory pay offer from the employers, which currently stands at just 1.1%.
This action by UCU was a good first step in forcing a better offer BUT it is clear that concerted action from all unions will be needed to impress on the University the extent to which staff are suffering, particularly in the face of recent changes to pension contributions, which have effectively meant a pay cut.
Currently there is talk of further strike days coinciding with graduations or with the August 15 A-level clearing day, and UCU have announced a work-to-rule which has already seen many academics resign their positions as external examiners.
At last week’s UoL IWGB branch meeting there was a really useful discussion of what part we should play in any future action – and a unanimous vote in favour of balloting formally to take strike action ourselves AND to make sure this coincided with the next national strike day.
We will be in contact about this soon, but in the meantime feel free to drop Danny a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.