In February and March UCU members will strike again over pay inequality, job insecurity, rising workloads and pay devaluation – this time with 14 new universities joining them.
Last term, we joined staff on picket lines and demos, occupied our universities and blockaded management offices in support of the strike.
This term, we plan to escalate and spread student support for the strikes and its demands – on our campuses and nationally.
Our universities are being run like businesses, competing with each other to attract more students and make more money, resulting in year after year of increasingly casualised workforces, job cuts, and course closures. So far this year, the University of Sunderland has announced it will close its humanities courses as they are not deemed “financially sustainable” subjects. SOAS plan to cut research leave and sack all non-permanent staff. And Goldsmiths will be making cuts of 10-15% over the next two years.
Every Wednesday starting 5 February we are calling for students to take action on campuses in support of the strike demands, against the cuts, and for the reversal of marketisation, the abolition of fees, and for a fully-funded public education system paid for by taxing the rich.
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In February and March, UCU members at 74 universities will strike over pay, inequality, pensions, casualisation and workload. Read more and find out if academic staff at your uni are striking here.
The full strike dates are:
Week one – Thursday 20 & Friday 21 February
Week two – Monday 24, Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 February
Week three – Monday 2, Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4 & Thursday 5 March
Week four – Monday 9, Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11, Thursday 12 & Friday 13 March
About Student Strike Solidarity
Student Strike Solidarity came out of a November national meeting of students organising in support of the 2019 UCU strikes.
Read the motion we passed:
Student Strike Solidarity aims to link up local student-worker solidarity groups in order to nationally coordinate support for UCU strikes on pay, equality, casualisation and pensions. We encourage student-worker solidarity in general. We back all trade union activity in support of their demands.
We will fight for the maximum local and national support for the strike from activist groups and the maximum ‘official’ student movement support for the strikes from NUS and Student Unions.
– support picket lines
– organise occupations, blockades and other direct action against university management in support of the demands
– campaign against the penalisation or intimidation of international students on Tier 4 visas who miss lectures
– organise action against the docking of staff pay during action short of a strike
– fight any victimisation by management of students protesting
– help activists to build up local groups by organising skill shares and activist-exchange visits
– organise online and in-person discussion between students supporting the strikes