Obviously it’s just a metaphor…

Thanks to everyone who came to the packed branch meeting last Friday! One of the main issues under discussion was pay, and this was an opportunity both to bring people up to date and to see what members wanted to do next.

For those who weren’t there, the basic situation is this

  • the current NATIONAL pay offer is 1.1% – this has NOT been accepted, but the University has decided to start paying it anyway
  • the IWGB has voted YES to strike action
  • UNISON voted YES to strike action, but on such a low turnout that they have decided NOT to strike
  • UCU still have a LIVE strike ballot, and are currently meeting at a national level to decide what to do next.

The meeting decided quite sensibly that we would be guided by the UCU decision – if they called strike action so would we, BUT we would not strike on our own.

As soon as we hear we’ll send updates – but do get in touch at uol@iwgb.org.uk with any questions.