Tag: UCU

Strikes in the time of coronavirus

How can workers respond to the unfolding coronavirus crisis, without forfeiting our collective power?  A UCU member reflects. Originally published on Notes from Below.

Organising in response to COVID-19

As criticism of the UK government's response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic mounts, rs21 members highlight the flourishing grassroots responses that aim to provide support and to demand more effective action from government and employers
Students sit on the floor in a doorway at University of Manchester underneath a handpainted banner reading 'Building occupied in support of UCU strikers'. Some hold a smaller banner reading 'Equal pay for BME staff'

Statement: Students stage occupations at 11 UK universities in support of UCU staff

Students occupy buildings at eleven UK universities in support of striking staff.
Crowd with giant 'strike' lettering

A crucial week for the university strikes

With negotiations reportedly going well, but the current wave of strikes ending alongside the climate strikes on Friday, rs21 members explain why this is a crucial week and explore some of the debates among strikers.

Feminists to the pickets!

The Women's Strike Assembly are calling for feminists to link up with the current higher education strikes and organise feminist pickets on Monday 9 March 2020.
Crowd with banners and 'Strike' lettering

University strikes escalate from Monday

UCU and EIS members are briefly returning to work before escalating their strike on Monday. rs21 reports from the higher education strike around Britain.

Solidarity needs rebuilding, urgently

The university strikes provide an opportunity to relearn traditions of collective solidarity which strengthen both the strikers and those giving solidarity.

University strikes resume: day 1

The latest wave of strikes for pensions, pay, equality and against casualization and unsafe workloads began today (20 February 2020). We bring you some initial reports.

Support the UK’s biggest ever HE strikes

From Thursday 20 February, workers across the higher education sector will be taking strike action over pensions, pay, equality, casualisation and workloads.
Picket line conversation

Picket line conversations

A Unison member reflects on conversations on the picket-lines that offered a different vision about how universities could and should be run.

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Leave Labour with a plan

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Solidarity on the streets of London and Manchester

People protested to stand against the Tories' attacks on trans rights and to demand justice for Shukri Abdi. The two causes found each other on the streets.
Aretha Franklin (seated on the left) and Jerry Wexler (standing on the right, leaning over)

The Fairplay Committee

Mitch Mitchell recounts the legacy of the Fairplay Committee, a group aiming to improve the conditions of black workers in the music industry.

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Fighting back better: abolitionist trans struggle and the GRA

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Kwasi Agyemang-Prempeh

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Large 3D word "debt" with chain and shackle

Debt in a time of coronavirus

Video: How has coronavirus boosted household debt, the impact on working-class people and on the capitalist economy, and the possibilities for campaigning and resistance?