#IWD2018: rally on Russell Square and a special guest on the picket line

International Women’s Day: a movement that started in 1908

One of the reasons we celebrate on this day are the courageous women who took mass strike action against poor working conditions in New York in 1908. According to the United Nations, the events of 1908 paved the way for the annual global event we celebrate today.

This lunchtime, members of Senate House UCU branch joined a large crowd in Russell Square for London Women’s Strike. Various speakers made the connection between female struggle and the current pension dispute.


#IWD2018: a special guest on the picket line

This morning, we were joined on the Senate House picket line by Louise Regan, President of the National Education Union (NUT Section). Louise is in London at the moment for the annual Trade Union Conference (TUC) women’s conference, but started the day by spending around 45 minutes with us setting up the picket lines, and talking about #IWD2018 and the need for greater recognition and public discussion around how cuts to pension schemes particularly affect women in the workforce.