Pay, Pensions, Planet demonstration, 29 November

March and Rally: Planet + Pay + Pensions

Fight for a future! Solidarity with School Student Climate Strike

Demonstrate 29 November

Assemble Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY

Assemble 11am — Depart 12 noon

March to Parliament for a rally

Venue + Speakers to be confirmed

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Region strike coordination meeting, 7 Nov

Region strike coordination meeting, 7 Nov

Dear UCU London Region colleague

UCU has announced eight days of strike action in Higher Education starting on 25 November. See the official UCU strike date annoucement.

There are two legally distinct disputes, with two different employer groups involved in negotiating issues. This makes things a little complicated! But our members have given UCU a very strong mandate to negotiate and a strong mandate to lead action.

We now know the dates and can start planning.

There are many lessons of the USS dispute in 2018. But a key one concerned the importance of preparation and collective organisation across the region. London Region was very effective in linking up branches, and in taking London-wide initiatives (including two major demos and rallies, but also other protests).

London Region UCU has called a strike coordinating meeting this Thursday, 7 November, from 6.30-9pm in the Ricardo Lecture Theatre, B03, Drayton House, Gordon Street UCL.

  • This meeting is open to branch reps and UCU members alike.
  • Drayton House is behind Friends Meeting House (opposite Euston Station) on Gordon Street. » Map

Twinning/solidarity

With some branches taking strike action, and others unable to take it, there are some questions of basic solidarity we should consider. HE branches that are not being called out will still be part of one or both of these disputes.

For example

  • Where reballoting is going to take place, we should discuss how striking branches might also be able to facilitate that reballot.
  • Striking branches should ideally have daily strike committee meetings. We might facilitate non-striking branches to book venues and host strike meetings, teach outs, etc.

Regional initiatives

We should also start thinking about what initiatives we can take regionally.

The dates will coincide with some key dates. 29 November is the next climate strike date and 4 December is UCU’s Day of Action on Disability. One thing that worked well in 2016 was themed strike days – we could start making plans for those.

We should also consider regional rallies etc.

These are just a few ideas. Please discuss with colleagues and bring your own ideas to the meeting this Thursday.

Sean

UCU in Transformation – One Year On

#UCUTransformed2019

Building a democratic, activist-led UCU

2 November 2019, 11-5pm

(doors open for registration at 10.30)

UCL Roberts Engineering Building
University College London

Joint session with Campaign Against Climate Change conference 1.00pm-2.00pm

Opposite Waterstones, Torrington Place
Nearest tubes: Goodge St/Warren St, Euston Sq/Euston, Russell Sq
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Hands Up for Education - 2nd London demo 2018

What a difference a year makes!

One year on from the great USS HE Pension strikes of 2018 and the wave of Further Education strikes that have continued, UCU is gearing up for another strike wave in Higher Education. Nottingham College strikers are in a mammoth fight to stop pay cuts and skyrocketing workload.

Meanwhile the Tory government is in deep crisis, and climate strikes are spreading across the globe.

New struggles bring new questions. What role should UCU activists play? What type of union do we need? How do we encourage and organise a new generation of activists in our union? UCU has had major democratic debates, culminating in a new General Secretary and a commission on Democracy. But how do we organise our branches and Regions to be more effective – and more democratic?

Most of all, how do we organise a bigger, stronger union movement, one that demands people before profit, unites staff and students, and is capable of stopping the market madness in education once and for all?

Come to this one-day conference to debate the future of UCU. It is time to organise the future of our union.leaflet

Hosted by UCL UCU. Called by London Region UCU, supported by Branch Solidarity Network, UCU Left and others – To add your organisation’s name click here.

Updated programme

10.30am-
11.00am
Registration
11.00am-
11.30am
WelcomeAfter the Ballots: GTVO and building the strikes – James Richards (Herriot Watt)
11.30am-
12.30pm
Workshops
  1. Work till you drop? Pensions, cuts and USS Round Two – Deepa Driver (Reading, NDC chair) and Carlo Morelli (Dundee, UCU Scottish President)
  1. Organising a united pay fight in Higher Education – Bruce Baker (Newcastle), Mark Abel (Brighton) and Linda Cronin (Roehampton)
  1. One hundred years of Adult education: the fight for a hundred more – Jan Koene (Sutton College) and Naina Kent (Hackney ACE)
12.30pm-
1.00pm
Lunch
1.00pm-
2.00pm
Climate strikes, UCU and fighting for the future. Can we win free education and socially-responsible science? – Sean Vernell (CCCG, UCU VP FE), James Price (UCL) and the Campaign Against Climate Change TU group
2.00pm-
3.00pm
Resisting casualisation and uniting the union. How do we use the unity of strikes to win members to secure contracts? – Liz Lawrence (Sheffield Hallam retd), Lesley Kane (Open) and Feyzi Ismail (SOAS)
3.00pm-
4.00pm
Equality, from resistance to liberation. How do we win members to defend equality rights? Can we defend migrant students and staff? – Dima Chami (Leeds), and others
4.00pm-
5.00pm
Organising to win: how to turn the tide of marketisation in post 16 education Vicky Blake (Leeds, UCU Vice President), Nottingham College Strikers and more

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Solidarity rally & GTVO – 29 Jan 2019

6pm, Tuesday 29 January

Lecture Theatre 505,
5th floor, Maths / UCL student union building
25 Gordon Street WC1

Speakers include UCU, UNISON, Kevin Courtney NEU

Called by London Region UCU and Camden UNISON

Nearest tube: Euston / Euston Sq.

  • Show your solidarity
  • Learn from workers fighting back
  • Get the vote out in Higher Education

We have all suffered for over a decade a wage cut in real terms. Employers tell us the money is not there to pay us a decent living whilst their pay packets soar. Increasingly workers across different sectors are saying enough is enough!

Further Education colleges on the 29/30th January will start their second phase of strikes by taking two more days of strike action over pay. Traffic Wardens on the 4th February will enter their third phase of strikes to secure a decent living wage. In Higher Education seventy thousand workers across 143 Universities are being balloted for strike over pay.

Apologies for not being able to make the rally but you can rest assured that I support your campaign for fair pay. A decade of austerity has left far too many workers facing real difficulties making ends meet, whilst the richest have seen their living standards rise.

Austerity is a political choice not an economic necessity. A Labour government would reverse austerity and make sure that no one in work struggled to support themselves and their families. I call upon all those in the trade union movement to show support for these campaigns.

Good Luck. In Solidarity – John McDonnell MP shadow chancellor

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Historic pay and casualisation deal at London CCCG FE colleges

Congratulations to UCU members at CCCG. This is a brilliant victory by your members. Staff working in FE are among the lowest paid in the education sector. This award, alongside the fractionalisation agreement is an important step in ensuring staff are valued for the vital work they do. Congratulations to the governing body in agreeing this bold and progressive step forward and I hope this signals a change in direction that the whole sector can follow.

In Solidarity

— John McDonnell MP, shadow chancellor

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UCU branches met today across the Capital City College Group (CCCG – City and Islington College, Westminster Kingsway College and the College of North East London) and agreed to settle on the 2018/19 pay claim. After several weeks of negotiations, the governors have agreed a pay offer of 5% to all staff in the group who earn less than £55k. Senior managers that earn between £56k up to £76k will be awarded 3% and those earning £76k+ will not get a pay increase this year.

The CEO has waived his right to an annual bonus.

The 5% award will be back-dated to September and is worth up to £2K pa which works out as up to £140 per month take home and will be put into the December pay packet. This will mean staff should expect up to £600 extra in their December pay packets.

This is an historic deal which will, we hope, give other colleges the confidence to follow. CCCG is the largest group in London and the third largest in the country. Continue reading

Report back from Resisting the Market conference

Resisting the Market, Uniting for: Pay, Pensions, Democracy, Equality and Justice

Organised by UCU Transformed, UCU Left, Branch Solidarity Network and OurUCU

Saturday 13 October 2018

This was an inspiring conference bringing people together who have fought for pensions and pay and campaigned to reclaim their university, are fighting precarity, oppose racism on campus and want to bring all staff in-house.

100 people attended from around 50 university and college branches.

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Most of the day was made up of workshops hosted from a diversity of campaigns. The day ended with a general assembly and discussion of the success of the pensions and pay campaigns and how to win the coming battles including the pay ballot closing on the 19th.

Workshops

Deepa DriverThe morning workshops included a meeting on USS: Where next after the JEP report? The session was run by a USS Briefs team including Felicity Callard, Jo Grady, Jaya John, Deepa Driver (left) and Carlo Morelli, national negotiator.

There was a very informative presentation on Adult Education, Devolution and Apprenticeships. Forogh Rahmani, a senior policy advisor from the London Mayor’s office, outlined how they were preparing for the devolution of adult funding. It was refreshing to be in a dialogue with policy makers who are listening and want to engage with unions. A link will be available here to the presentation. Continue reading

What next after the JEP: how can we build the pay fight?

London Region UCU Open Activist Meeting

Pensions and Pay – What next after the JEP and how can we build the pay fight?

Monday 17 September, 6.30pm

Room 1.20, Engineering Building, University College London
Entrance opposite Waterstones/ULU on Torrington Place. Nearest tube Goodge St.
Map and directions

All members welcome

This meeting is for members in Further and Higher Education to hear about the USS dispute and to discuss how we unite the union to fight over pay.

The report of the USS Joint Expert Panel has been published at www.ussjep.org.uk

USS branches are strongly encouraged to organise local meetings next week to discuss the report and next steps in the campaign.

UCU London Region has called a meeting for Monday 17 September for colleagues from all parts of the HE sector to discuss what the report means and to debate next steps in the campaign.

With ballots taking place over pay in both Higher and Further Education, one logical conclusion is that any cost increase imposed over pension costs should be billed to the employers in the pay campaign.

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