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UCU Votes for Strike Action

Discussion in 'protest, direct action and demos' started by Benjamin F, Jan 22, 2018.

  1. Benjamin F

    Benjamin F Well-Known Member

    Just announced the results of the ballot on industrial action against further pension cuts....

    "The results provide a very strong mandate for UCU to continue the fight for a decent, guaranteed pension. The turnout across all institutions averaged more than 58% (a record), with 88% voting for strike action and 93% for action short of a strike." Sally Hunt UCU General secretary.

    Over 50% turnout, so meets new industrial action threshold for strike action... and high levels of support, but I am not convinced the UCU leadership will organise an effective campaign. The last set of strike actions were a disaster. They were tokenistic (spasmodic one day strikes, sometime just 'one-hour' - though participants lost a full day's wage) and diabolically-timed (University staff striking in the summer, rather than at assessment/exam marking or at major grant submission deadlines).... And like this one - important though it is - misses the major problem, the governance structures and principles of contemporary Universities. Without democratic organisation of HE, even if this strike is successful, management will use the other powers in its control to cut pay and conditions in future pay rounds.
     
  2. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    Seven unis didn’t reach the 50% threshold so can’t join the action at the moment. A bit of the latest legislation that lots seemed to miss. They’re being reballoted, hopefully in time to join the action.
     

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