Lobby the UCEA / UCU talks – Tuesday 3 March

Lobby the UCEA / UCU talks – Tuesday 3 March

Further talks take place between UCU and UCEA negotiators on Tuesday at Woburn House, Tavistock Square

Assemble at 2.30 for 3pm, Tuesday 3 March

Lobby the talks!

UCU members are out on strike at universities across the UK again in pursuit of the Four Fights and USS disputes. On Tuesday, UCU ‘Four Fights’ negotiators have a second meeting with UCEA representatives in Central London.

So far the employers have not increased their pay offer. They have made very limited concessions on casualisation, pay inequality and workload. At best their offer is warm words that would have little effect on improving conditions for ordinary members of staff. We are striking because we have to address the ‘race to the bottom’, and we must do it this year, while the sector is booming.

Come to the lobby, bring placards, friends, supporters and students. Support the UCU negotiators, help us make the case!

The employers could negotiate to end the strike, in the interests of staff and students. Join the protest:

  • Fight for a decent pay rise
  • End the scourage of casualisation
  • Stop spiralling workloads
  • Address the shameful levels of race and gender pay inequality in the sector

More info


March from UCEA/UUK to The City – 26 February

March from UCEA/UUK to The City – 26 February

March for Education

The Money’s There – Where’s Our Share?

#FourFights #DefendUSS

Demonstrate 26 February

Assemble 12.00 in Tavistock Square WC1
12 Noon: Rally outside UCEA/UUK HQ with speakers
March to the City at 1.30pm
via Malet St, Russell Sq, Aldwych, Fleet St
Ends at Bank 3pm
Post-demo strike meeting, Rich Mix, Shoreditch 3.30pm


Beginning of march and protest outside USS offices

Angela Rayner


Staff in seventy-four universities across the UK will mark the end of the first five-day strike period on 26 February.

On that date, to bring the strike movement together, London Region UCU are organising a march from UCEA/UUK offices to the City of London.

We must unite to march for Education. It is time to stand up to the City fat cats, speculating on campuses and hoping to profit from the wrecking of our pensions. (The City is also where USS Ltd are based.)


12 Noon Assemble for the Demo at Tavistock Square outside Woburn House, home of UCEA and UUK

12 – 1pm Outdoor rally in Tavistock Square

We have a flat bed truck with PA system to address the crowd.

There will be guest speakers and opportunity for members to speak.

1 – 3pm March to City of London

The march will go via Malet Street and Southampton Row down to Aldwych and the Strand, and then turn left towards the City. We will march along Fleet St to Bank tube.

We will have a few speeches there before dispersing.

We want to have a good visible showing with banners outside the Royal Exchange building. The money is there…

More information: see Route

3.30-6pm Post-demo strike meeting, Rich Mix, Shoreditch, hosted by UCL UCU

We have called a strike meeting at the end of this phase to give reps a chance to talk to each other and plan phase 2.

This will be an important meeting. It will be a chance for a proper discussion between colleagues and branches about the next steps in the strike. Our demo will mark the end of the first phase, but we need to discuss what next before we embark on two weeks of four and five-day strikes.

Transport: You can walk to Shoreditch up the A10 Bishopsgate, but there is an easier option. There are several buses that take you direct from Bank/Threadneedle Street to Rich Mix. Two buses drop you outside Rich Mix. (Alight at: Bethnal Green Rd/Shoreditch High St.) Bus 8 from Bank Station (Stop C) and Bus 388 from Bishopsgate at the top of Threadneedle St.


routeClick to enlarge.

Lobby USS JNC, 17 May

Lobby the Joint Negotiating Committee of USS

Friday 17 May, 9:30 for 10am

Lobby the USS JNC poster A460 Threadneedle Street, EC2 8RP » Map
Nearest tube: Bank

Called by London Region UCU.

Our pension scheme is under attack from those who run it.

In 2018, members took 14 days of strike action in overwhelming numbers to defend our USS pension. We demonstrated that there was no deficit in the pension scheme. And the Joint Expert Panel (JEP), set up in the wake of the dispute, agreed.

There is no need to make cuts in pensions. There is no need for employees to pay more in to the scheme. The scheme is in surplus and is growing. The arguments that have been used to impose changes are specious. The JEP’s recommendations in their First Report are minor increases that the employers could afford to pick up in their entirety.

This is why UCU’s position is #NoDetriment. 

However, the USS Board are refusing to implement the recommendations of the JEP. Consequently they are imposing large increases in contributions on both employees and employers. In March they pre-announced a 42.5% increase in contributions from employees — even though their own consultation of members overwhelmingly demanded no increase.

Those who run USS are undermining JEP by refusing to implement the first report. They intend to undermine the Second Report of JEP.

If they get away with this, we will pay more, and then the employers will demand 100% Defined Contribution at the next valuation round.

We have to restart the fight to defend USS.

  • Come to the Lobby of the USS Joint Negotiating Committee on Friday.
  • Prepare members to ballot for strike action to defend their pension.

UCU Congress, at the end of the month, will then vote on the next steps.
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Education Demonstration, 28 February


Rally in Westminster Central Hall from 2pm

Speakers included

  • Sally Hunt UCU General Secretary
  • John McDonnell MP (Shadow Chancellor)
  • Angela Rayner MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Education)
  • Gordon Marsden MP (Shadow Minister for HE, FE and Skills)
  • Frances O’Grady TUC General Secretary
  • Sean Wallis UCU NEC and convenor of HE Convention
  • Shakira Martin NUS President
  • Elisa Benn Grenfell College campaign
  • Jo Galloway UNISON Head of HE, London
  • Chris Williamson MP
  • Ian Hodson BFAWU President
  • Kevin Courtney NEU General Secretary
  • Khadeja Ali City & Islington HPL
  • Nadia Sayed QMW student, Stand Up to Racism
  • Sean Vernell UCU NEC, FE national negotiator
  • …and many striking workers from across the union

marchEducation 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 61 universities across the UK. We have seen massive pickets on our campuses, and the overwhelming support of students.

This demonstration and rally took place on the last day in the first wave of the university pension strikes.

16 colleges of Further Education were on strike in London on the same day in defence of their pay and conditions. This was their first day of a two days of strike as part of an escalating strike campaign. Further Education has lost 15,000 jobs, 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.

A delegation from UCU’s sister trade union in Germany are coming over especially to join us. If you care about the future of education and scientific research in the UK, join us too.



Demo route


Joint Union Rally and UCEA protest, 6 February

At London Met, Unison and UCU are rallying outside the Tower Building at 12 noon.

In the Bloomsbury area, colleagues will protest outside the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) HQ, Woburn House, Tavistock Sq at 1pm, to progress collectively to Conway Hall for the Rally.

  • The importance of the Region coming together for a united protest has increased since it was announced that a number of institutions in London – QMUL, UEL, Kingston and others – have threatened to make deductions of a whole day’s pay for the current two-hour strikes.
  • We need to make good on the slogan: An injury to one is an injury to all.
  • Fortunately, during a one-day strike, if not a two-hour one, it is possible for colleagues to come together between different colleges across London. The purpose of the rally is thus one of mutual solidarity and to mark the beginning of the next phase in our pay dispute.


Protest outside UCEA
Pay up – No pay docking!
1pm, outside Woburn House, Tavistock Square

London Region Joint Union Rally
Fair Pay in HE!
2pm, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square