Lobby the UCU/UUK talks on USS pension, Wednesday 4 March

Lobby the UCU/UUK talks on USS pension, Wednesday 4 March

UCU and UUK negotiators meet on Wednesday at Woburn House, Tavistock Square

Assemble at 2.30 for 3pm, Wednesday 4 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 met with UCEA representatives. This Wednesday it is the turn of USS negotiators.

We are making real progress on USS. The key issues are the discredited valuation ‘deficit’ and whether employees should be expected to pay for it. A combination of rising costs and our industrial action have pushed the employers back from the assumption that they can simply impose increased costs on employees, as a pathway to bullying staff to accept 100% Defined Contribution.

Talks continue on both disputes, with negotiators on both sides tasked to find a prompt and effective resolution. Our strikes, pickets, lobbies and demonstrations keep the pressure up.

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.

See also

Regional strike co-ordinating meeting, Wednesday 4 March

Regional strike co-ordinating meeting, Wednesday 4 March

Regional co-ordinating meeting, open to all reps

Central London, 3.30pm, 4 March

[reserve the time + watch this space]

– hosted by UCL UCU – All UCU members welcome –

This meeting will be a chance to take stock of where we are in Week 3 before the Week 4 (5 day) strike begins. Picket lines have held up well, especially when you consider that for many members, Monday 2nd represented the 14 day point!

In the last week we organised one impromptu lobby of UCEA, one strike assembly and one march to the City – and we were only on strike for 3 days!

We have to up our organisation and initiative in preparation for the 5-day strike week. If the employers make concessions, we know they will try to drag it out. One of the things we can do as London Region is take initiatives.

So come to this meeting, bring reps, strikers, supporters and friends.

 

 

 

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

 

Report From Strike Solidarity Assembly on Tuesday 25 Feb

Report From Strike Solidarity Assembly on Tuesday 25 Feb

The London Region solidarity meeting on Day 4 of the latest HE strikes saw Labour, trade union leaders and strikers come together to raise money and show their support for UCU members taking action.

Speaking from the platform, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell pledged that “we will do all we can in parliament to support you”, adding “the battle is here, it’s on the picket lines and it’s in the streets.”

Mark Serwotka PCS general secretary pledged his union would make a donation “in the thousands” to the union hardship fund. Alongside big pledges from national leaders of Unite, NEU, PCS and other unions, the meeting heard how Brent teachers had voted to make a donation of £500.

Similar donations and pledges to collect were announced from UNISON branches. RMT workers arrived with a collection of £65 they had just made at the Waterloo depot. The UCU branch for the UAL is raising money for its hardship fund using Go Fund Me and had raised over £2,000 within the first few days of action.

A rep from Tower Hamlets Unison informed the meeting it had donated £500 to Queen Mary’s UCU. Speakers from the platform and the floor applauded the action being taken and see our fight on pensions, equality workload, an end to precarious contracts and pay as part of a wider battle for social justice. City and Islington College UCU offered their solidarity to the meeting. They have collected £300 from members and are organising a levy for HE strikers.

CWU President Jane Loftus gave her union’s solidarity to the dispute, explaining that CWU members are reballoting for strike soon, and declared “it’s all the same dispute — the system is broken.”

Colleen Johnson NEU Executive member brought solidarity greetings and spoke movingly about the discrimination taking place within education as cutbacks and marketisation left disabled workers without adaptations and working on precarious contracts.

UCU Open University President Lesley Kane explained that the current strike wave has its roots in UCU’s ongoing campaign against casualisation. She described how the last USS strike had given her branch the confidence to take on their employers and win a significant victory that saw 4000 OU staff moved from casual to permanent contracts. Debby Pope from the Chicago Teachers Union spoke of their successful strikes last year that won concessions on pay, hours and support for students and how solidarity helped them.

The meeting was an important initiative by the Region and it reflected the fantastic support that exists across the whole of the trade union movement for UCU’s strike action. Our sister unions are ready and willing to help us, and they see our action as the first step in the fight back against against this government and for social justice. As Richard Burgon MP told the meeting “The Trade Union movement is now the official opposition to austerity.”

Lobby the UCEA / UCU talks – Monday 24 February

Lobby the UCEA / UCU talks – Monday 24 February

Talks take place between UCU and UCEA negotiators on Monday at Woburn House, Tavistock Square

Assemble at 11 for 11.30am, Monday 25 February

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 Monday, UCU ‘Four Fights’ negotiators meet with UCEA representatives in Central London.

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

 

UCU strike solidarity assembly, 25 February

UCU strike solidarity assembly, 25 February

Tuesday 25 February, 6pm

Tudor Room, Imperial Hotel, 61 Russell Sq, London WC1B 5BB

Nearest tube: Euston / Russell Sq / King’s Cross St Pancras – Map


Speakers include (click to see video):


55,OOO UCU members across the UK have started 14 days of strike action this week. Our fight is to defend our pensions, pay, working conditions and to secure equal pay and end the scourge of caualisation.

The employers and the government have been taken by surprise of the scale of our resistance and our determination to win. By striking to end casualisation we are also ensuring that we can give our students the education they deserve.

We are not alone in this fight. The whole of the trade union movement is with us. They too face the same insecure contracts, cuts in their wages and pensions. They recognise a victory for us will also be a victory for the whole of the working class movement.

Workers from across London will be attending the assembly to demonstrate their solidarity with our fight.

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


Videos

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.)

Programme

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.

Route

routeClick to enlarge.