After Congress – what next? 9 June 2018
After the fallout of UCU Congress on Wednesday 30 May, 130 UCU delegates met and it was agreed that London Region would call a national meeting as soon as possible on UCU democracy, campaigning and what kind of union we want. The meeting will be held on Saturday 9th June at 2pm central London venue tbc.
After a year of transformative industrial action UCU members are demanding discussion on where next for our disputes and union.
The strike action taken by UCU members in HE in defence of USS pensions has been inspirational. Some 40,000 lecturers, academic related staff, researchers and support staff have struck across 64 institutions. After a year of industrial 16,000 people have joined UCU. Many of these new members are BAME, women and young members starting out their careers.
In FE colleges are involved in a campaign of escalating strike action in defence of their pay and conditions. There are another 146 branches that have submitted 168 claims to their employers that could form a second wave of action. This is 50% of all FE bargaining units across the UK. The claims range from, pay, casualisation, equal pay and workloads.
Hosted by London Region UCU. All UCU members welcome.
More info: https://uculondonregion.wordpress.com/
Congress 2018 UCU Left Fringe Meeting: 30 May
7.30pm Wednesday 30 May
The Mechanics Centre , 103 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6DD
The UCU is in transformation. We have seen a new rank and file emerge to defend pensions and jobs, and take the fight to the employers over pay. Come to the UCU Left Fringe meeting to discuss how we can strengthen the development of a democratic fighting union and the next steps in key campaigns. There will be time for discussion and an opportunity to gather support for branches in dispute.
Nita Sanghera, UCU President elect.
Axel Persson, CGT railworker, on the mass strikes in France against Macron’s attacks on workers’ rights.
Marian Carty, UCU President of Goldsmiths, on the Gold paper and reclaiming our Universities.
Carlo Morelli, USS Negotiator, about the JEP and next steps in the fight to defend pensions.
Sean Vernell, FE Vice Chair, and TES author, on how we build a national campaign on pay.
Guest Skype in from the Virgina Teachers strike.
London Region solidarity rally
Second national activists’ meeting at SOAS – minutes are here
First national activists’ meeting at Goldsmiths – minutes are here