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UCU Strike at Warwick – 25th May 2016

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Staff and students at the entrance to the University of Warwick this morning. Solidarity in the face of year after year of effective pay cuts, growing casualisation and a worsening gender pay gap in Higher Education.

Events today:

Coventry UCU 11am The Quadrant

Socialist Collective 12midday Birmingham Uni Chaplaincy

Events tomorrow :

West Midlands Regional  UCU 12midday The Irish Centre Birmingham

Higher education (HE): strike is ON as yesterday’s negotiations offer no improvement

UCU negotiators met with the University and College Employer Association (UCEA) this week in the hope of finding a solution to the current dispute amidst growing anger over news that vice-chancellor pay rose by 6.1% last year. Regrettably UCEA made no improvement on the 1.1% pay offer to staff or on measures to address gender inequality and insecure contracts and the strike action will continue on Wednesday and Thursday next week as planned.

Please join picket lines and support the strike action:

UCU confirms two-day strike at UK universities in May

UCU has confirmed plans for a two-day national strike at UK universities as part of an ongoing dispute over pay.

UCU members in higher education will walk out on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 May. Staff will also begin working to contract from 25 May, which means they will refuse to work overtime, set additional work or undertake any voluntary duties like covering timetabled classes for absent colleagues.

If no agreement is reached in the coming weeks, members have agreed to target further strike action in June and July, and are considering additional action in August to coincide with the release of A-level results. The union is also beginning preparations for a boycott of the setting and marking of students’ work, to begin in the autumn if an acceptable offer has still not been made.

Trade Dispute Ballot Results

Trade dispute between UCU and employers concerning the 2016/17 claim regarding pay and terms and conditions

The ballot closed at noon on 4th May 2016. The response to the question you were balloted on is as follows:

Are you prepared to take industrial action consisting of strike action?
Number of ballot papers returned: 21,141
Number voting YES: 13,775 (65.4%)
Number voting NO: 7,292 (34.6%)
Number of papers found to be invalid: 74

Are you prepared to take industrial action consisting of action short of a strike?
Number of ballot papers returned: 21,141
Number voting YES: 16,270 (77.3%)
Number voting NO: 4,770 (22.7%)
Number of papers found to be invalid: 101

You can view the full scrutineer’s report here.

UCU News https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/8205/UCU-members-in-higher-education-vote-for-strike-action-in-national-row-over-pay

Vote Yes

Vote yes in the HE pay ballot

Across the entire HE sector, people like you are being underpaid, made to work under unfair conditions and discriminated against, while vice-chancellors, principals and other top staff are earning almost SEVEN times as much as the average worker.

  • UNFAIR LOWER PAY: YOUR pay has decreased by 14.5% in just six years compared to the rate of inflation – while the cost of living keeps rising
  • SHAMEFUL GENDER INEQUALITY: female academics are paid £6,103 per year LESS than male counterparts
  • SCANDALOUS CASUALISED WORK: more than 21,000 teaching staff are on zero-hours contracts
  • NO JOB SECURITY: over TWO THIRDS of research staff are stuck on fixed-term contracts.

What can I do about it?

First of all – make sure you VOTE before 4 May.

Please ensure that you complete and return your ballot paper as soon as possible.