Yesterday’s march and strike meeting; planning for the next phase

14 03 marchYesterday, we joined lecturers and support staff from universities across the UK on March for Education #2.

Here’s a video of us arriving into Parliament Square.


At the strike meeting that followed, UCU members were thanked for their sterling contributions coordinating industrial action at a local level, standing and engaging with people on picket lines, and setting up teach-outs. A panel made up of Catherine West MP, Joanna de Groot (UCU President), Sean Wallis (UCU NEC and HE Convenor) and Rachel Cohen (UCU NEC) encouraged members to share ideas for the next phase of industrial action.

Some members also expressed frustration with the proposed agreement brokered by ACAS and at the short amount of time members were given to input their views on it. In case you were wondering, the Senate House branch committee heard about the agreement at the same time and through the same channels as everyone else.

Next phase of industrial action

Planning is underway at national, regional and branch level for a second wave of industrial action over the pension cuts. This is likely to last 14 days in April and May.

It’s really important that we hear from Senate House branch members, regardless of what type of action (if any) you have taken to date. Please do this by emailing us ( and/or by attending a UCU members meeting, which we are hoping will take place at lunchtime on Tuesday 20 March (confirmation of date to follow, when we are back at work)