You may have seen this article outlining the UCU’s plans for Strike Action this week/month.
As you can see there will be a series of rolling strikes across all branches of UCU and our date will be 22nd June, which is next Wednesday, and the same day as SOAS next door.
It’s really important that we all continue this action if we want to see an increased pay offer this year (and tactically in the years to come). All we expect that all UCU members at Senate House to not attend work on 22nd June and subsequently declare when asked that you were on strike.
Those keen to help their union a bit more, we need volunteers to run the picket from 8am on the day. The more the merrier really, but please do let me know if you are interested, so I can keep you in the loop.
More reminders will be sent in the coming week.
Please encourage your colleagues to join UCU.
Thank you all for coming out on strike this week. Here is a photo of our picket line at Senate House on Wednesday.
We understand the University is going to say that you need to inform them in advance of your intention to strike. This is entirely false and constitutes an attempt to mitigate the effect of our action.
UCU will be holding a national strike over the pay dispute on Wednesday 25th May and Thursday 26th May.
The University has had notice served of this action.
We expect all UCU members to stay away from work on these two days.
In addition we hope you can join us on the picket line on these days. We need volunteers in the morning from 8-10am primarily.
Please get in touch if you would like to be involved in the strike organising.
We are all going to be receiving today, tomorrow or Monday a paper ballot on the current pay dispute. Please do not ignore it. Please do vote and post it back.
The current state of play is that we have claimed a 5% uplift and the employers have offered 1%. Clearly there is a large disparity between the two sides.
We need you to vote YES to the questions asked on the ballot in order to strengthen UCU’s hand in negotiations. A YES vote will indicates we are willing to escalate the dispute if the employers are not willing to budge on their position. Consequently a NO vote will mean that we will have to accept the 1% increase that has been offered.
It’s that simple.