Disruption and solidarity on day 1 of the strike

UCU Senate House strike day 1-3The mood was buoyant at the University of London as over 50 people joined picket lines across various buildings including Senate House, Stewart House, the Warburg Institute and the Courtauld Institute of Art. This was despite the arrival of a beastly cold snap that has sent us stocking up on thermal underware in preparation for tomorrow!

We are grateful for the outpouring of support by colleagues from across the University who seemed pleased that action is being taken about the significant proposed changes to USS. Inside University buildings, staff were thin on the ground and this resulted in the closure of libraries at the Warburg Institute and the UCU Senate House strike day 1-5Institute of Historical Research. We also received reports that attendance at day two of the Behaviour Change for Health: Digital and Beyond conference, being held at Senate House today, had been notably dented.

While it is clear that the strike is already making its presence felt across campus, we all wear heavy hearts as strike action is a last resort. Taking strike action involves personal sacrifice and can be difficult to rationalise. We saw tears on the picket line as an hourly-paid lecturer described the heartache caused by trying to reconcile conflicting emotions around the financial consequences of striking and the impact on her students.

It is not too late to show your support by joining our picket lines. Contact us through this form to let us know you are coming.

Special thanks today go to all colleagues who helped us in important ways today – you know who you are.

UCU Senate House strike day 1-2