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.
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.
The 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
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.
Rally and Strike Meeting in Westminster Central Hall from 2pm
Confirmed speakers to include:
- Joanna De Groot, UCU President
- John McDonnell MP
- Catherine West MP
- Sean Wallis, UCU NEC and HE Convention
- Chair: Rachel Cohen, UCU NEC
Following a very successful demonstration on February 28th, when 5,000 staff and students in Further and Higher Education marched, London Region UCU has called a second demonstration to Parliament within the fourth week of USS strikes.
Education is under a massive attack. Tuition fees for university have gone through the roof and colleges are in frantic competition with each other to recruit students.
Now the employers want to wreck the pensions of Higher Education staff. Workers ranging from senior academics to postgraduate teaching assistants have begun a programme of an initial 14 days of strike action, closing 65 universities across the UK. We have seen massive pickets on our campuses, and the overwhelming support of students.
16 colleges of Further Education are also in dispute in defence of their pay and conditions. Further Education has lost 15,000 jobs, and one million adult education places, and lecturers have seen their wages cut by 21% since 2009.
We welcome delegations and support from outside London and from across the student and trade union movement. You can get in touch by email or by leaving a comment on our website.
Time to strike for fair pay in HE
All out this Halloween!
Pre-strike Public Meeting:
Tuesday 29 October, 6:30pm
Speakers including Paul Bridge (UCU), Andrew Murray (UNITE), Max Watson (UNISON NEC), Lorraine Monk (UCU NEC, FE), Ciara Doyle (DPAC) + more tbc
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Vernon Square Campus, Hall V211
Penton Rise, Kings Cross, London WC1X 9EW
Called by London Region UCU, supported by UNITE and UNISON