From 15 January to 22 February, UCU is balloting members at 143 universities for industrial action over pay and conditions. Pay in HE has declined by 21% in real terms since 2009. There has been a rise in precarious contracts, increased workload and stress, and an unaddressed gender pay gap. Despite this, the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) has failed to improve on the 2% pay offer made at the pay talks last May.
Staff working conditions are student learning conditions. Last October, many UCU branches failed to meet the 50% turnout requirement for industrial action imposed by the Tories’ anti-trade union legislation. This time, the ballot is aggregated, meaning all results will be counted together. Only a committed, nation-spanning industrial action will defeat this latest attack on staff conditions, but we can only do so by surmounting the turnout threshold. This is why we call on students to help UCU get the vote out!
Join the Students Support the Strikes Facebook group here.
Download the ‘Students support a yes vote’ leaflets and flyers here or at the bottom of the page.
Here are some ideas of what you can do on your campus:
- Banner drops – find a big public space on your campus to show lecturers you support them!
- Hold a stall on campus and hand out flyers, talk to students about why they should support staff striking and ask them to sign the open letter!
- Put up posters on campus.
- Use this model email from Save our Staff Manchester to send to your lecturers letting them know you support them.
- Pass this motion in your SU or Labour Club.
- Encourage uni societies to put out stateents saying they support a yes vote.
- Sign and share the open letter in support of a yes vote.