Day 10 from the picket line: speaking out and holding firm

With universities across the country increasingly breaking with UUK’s original position that there’s no place for defined benefit pensions in today’s workplace, UCU members on all four Senate House picket lines have remained steadfast in their commitment to raising awareness about what this significant change to USS would mean.

BBC Two dropped by for a chat

Media interest continues to gain pace, as our very own Professor Greg Woolf and an international student from SOAS found out during an interview with BBC Two’s Daily Politics. Watch Greg’s interview here.


Greg did an excellent job in representing the views of Senate House UCU members, and we thank him for taking the time to speak to the BBC today.

Warburg Institute and their immovable picket line

Meanwhile, one very vibrant arm of Senate House UCU is the Warburg Institute, a global research hub in cultural history and the role of images in culture.

UCU Senate House strike day 1-5

Six UCU members from Warburg have been picketing every day during the strike. It is the first time that the Warburg have picketed during a strike in recent memory. We have been following the rest of our UCU colleagues around the country by coming out in all weather conditions: snow, rain and sun.

Picketers have had a lot of support from colleagues, students, library readers and photographic collection researchers, many of whom stopped to talk and discuss the issues on the steps. Regular researchers have decided to show their support by refusing to cross the picket and going to other research libraries. Some brought us very welcome tea and biscuits, have joined UCU, contributed to the strike fund, or taken action short of a strike. We very much appreciate the support we’ve received.