Indro Sen 1952-2020

Indro Sen 1952-2020

Former secondary maths teacher, primary school governor, College of North West London lecturer — and, most importantly, trade unionist — Indro Sen has died shortly before his 68th birthday.

In 2016-17 Indro was involved in a dispute at CNWL over his allegations of corruption in an apprenticeship scheme. He was suspended from his job allegedly because of his support at an employment tribunal for a sacked colleague and his opposition to the CNWL’s merger with Westminster College.

At the time Peter Murry, Trade Union Liaison officer for the London Federation of Green Parties and for Brent Green Party supported Sen and said, ‘Both of these actions are entirely proper for a University and College Union Branch Secretary to carry out. If Indro Sen’s suspension is a result of his performing the legitimate duties of a UCU Officer, then he himself seems to be threatened with unfair treatment and victimisation.’

His son Shenin said on Twitter:

On Wednesday we lost my father Indro Sen. Being unaware of his underlying health issues, this has been a complete shock for me & my family, which is where my full focus is right now.

His whole life was dedicated to helping others, I couldn’t have asked for a better role model.

Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the NEU, said:

So sorry to hear of the loss this week of Indro Sen. Long time NUT and then UCU militant.

Long time school rep at Kingsland secondary school. Successful fights against victimisation.

Highly regarded Maths teacher. Brilliant ally in fights as a parent, and governor, at Benthal Primary school.

Many condolences to all the family. Rage against the dying of the light. Rest in Peace Sen.

Bernard Regan, long time member of the NUT, summed up Indro Sen, the person:

A great comrade and campaigner. At the centre of fighting many injustices. I will remember him for his strength of character and gentleness of being. I will remember his laugh with fondness. His hat, which he wore all the time — his eye for detail and passionate commitment to fighting injustices, including those inflicted on him. We will remember him.

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

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Pensions, Pay and Planet demonstration, 29 November

Pensions, Pay and Planet demonstration, 29 November

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Demo outside Downing St

More info

Solidarity March and Rally: Planet + Pay + Pensions

Solidarity with the University Strikes & School Student Climate Strike

Demonstrate 29 November

Assemble Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY

Assemble 11am — Depart 12 noon

March to Parliament for a rally at Westminster Central Hall

Speakers to be confirmed

Resources

Route

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2nd USS demo 2018

Public Meeting – Wed 1 May

RESISTING RACISM, DEFENDING MIGRANTS

6pm, Wednesday 1st May

Location: Henry Thomas Room
(Tower Building entrance)
Holloway Road N7 8DB

organised by London Metropolitan University UCU

Resisting Racism4 smallRacism is on the rise. The Trump presidency has encouraged a wave of racism and the growth of the far right around the world. From Bolsonaro in Brazil, Le Pen in France and the AfD and FPO in Germany and Austria have come a wave of Islamophobia and a resurgence of antisemitism. The killing of 50 Muslims in Christchurch illustrates the dangers we face. The Windrush scandal has shown the government’s ‘hostile environment’ for what it is.

The threat is huge but together we can turn the tide. Tens of thousands throughout the world marched against Racism on UN anti-racism day.

The Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) is committed to fighting racism wherever it surfaces. Together with local anti-racists, the UCU London Met branch is organising a public meeting to expose racism and discuss ways in which racist attacks can be fought and limitations on freedom of movement can be exposed.

Speakers

Nita Sanghera (UCU Vice President)
Dean Ryan (Islington Unison Local Government Officer and former London Met student)
Deepa Driver (co-Chair of the UCU National Disputes Committee)

– all speakers are in a personal capacity

National organising meeting, 2 March

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#UCUTransformed
National organising meeting

Saturday 2 March, 12-3pm

1-19 Torrington Place
University College London
Nearest tube: Goodge Street

Registration from 11.30am

Called by UCU London Region. Supported by UCU Left, Branch Solidarity Network.

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UCU in Transformation – Education in Crisis

  • After the HE pay ballot – where next?
  • What next in the USS dispute?
  • After the strikes: building for FE Round 3
  • The Augur review, Brexit and the threat of university bankruptcy

The unprecedented USS strikes last year triggered a huge upswing in union activism and membership. HE strikes inspired FE branches to win ballots for pay, despite a decade-long starvation of funds, a million course places lost and redundancies to match. But how do union activists keep up the momentum in the face of new challenges and threats? Continue reading