We wish RMT members on Merseyside and all the other regions taking strike action on 21, 23 and 25 June success in their justified industrial action campaign over pay, working conditions and job security. When our UCU branch fought to defend jobs in 2021 we had fantastic solidarity from the wider trade union movement, and we understand the importance of trade unions supporting each other in their different fights. We are also totally opposed to any attempt by the Tory government to restrict the right to strike with minimum service requirements, and see this as an attack on all unions. We will support your picket lines and RMT speakers will be very welcome at our members meetings. Solidarity to the RMT!
Peta Bulmer, President, University of Liverpool UCU, and Branch Committee
Full strike action has occurred on three occasions since October:
For the 31/10/13 strike please see this photostream on Flickr.
For the 03/12/13 strike please see this photostream on Flickr.
For the 23/01/14 strike please see this photostream on Flickr.
University staff: why we are striking
As staff in higher education join picket lines up and down the country in a row over pay, we hear from those taking part.
Please see this article in the Guardian.
It has been announced that national UCU HE officers have agreed to call a day of joint strike action with Unison and Unite on Thursday 31st October. This will be the first all-union action on HE pay since 1996. UCU members will also be asked to work-to-contract with effect from Friday 1st November.
Further information is available in this branch circular and press release.
Stike 31/10/13 Poster materials
Please display the posters and distribute all the leaflets you receive â€“ to members, non-members, members of other unions, members of none â€“ as far throughout your building as they will go. We can supply more materials and will be organising door-knocking â€“ please contact Pam at email@example.com to request more leaflets, to volunteer to cover a building other than your own etc.
Universities have dismissed union claims that next week’s one-day strike will bring them to a “standstill”, saying that they expect a “low-level impact on students”.
Members of higher education’s three largest trade unions – the University and College Union, Unison and Unite – will take part in a national walkout on 31 October over employers’ “measly” 1 per cent pay offer.
This will represent the first time that the three unions have taken strike action together and will also be the first countrywide walkout over pay in the academy since March 2006, when lecturers also began an assessment boycott.