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

29 April: Planning meeting for UCU Anti-Casualisation Day 2014

Dear London Region colleague,

This year’s national Anti-Casualisation Day of Action is on 7 May.

At the last London Region meeting we agreed to build for a successful day.

We’ve organised a planning meeting for Tues 29th April at UCL.

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From your branch, could you get a couple of your most active casualised / hourly paid colleagues to the meeting, along with a branch rep? We hope this will be a good opportunity for casualised colleagues to meet each other, get more involved and build for a successful campaigning day on 7 May.

The meeting is Tues 29 April 6.00pm.
UCL, Room B15, Darwin Building, Malet Place, WC1E 6BT
A map is below.

How to find the Darwin Building, UCL

How to find the Darwin Building, UCL