Wednesday, 30 March 2011

BADACA: Report on recent UCU strike

Taken from:
There have been two days of strike action called by the University and College Lecturers Union against attacks on pensions, pay and job losses. The action on Tuesday 22 March affected Bristol University and on Thursday 24 March lecturers at Bristol University, UWE and the City of Bristol College came out. On Tuesday there was a march to a rally outside the Wills Memorial Building and on both days the picket lines were supported by students. A poll of students overwhelmingly supported their lecturers’ action.
The pensions issue affects hundreds of thousands of public service workers. The Hutton Report is recommending the ending of final salary pensions and a later retirement age, eventually increasing to 68. This is the one issue on which there can be a general strike of public service workers without breaking the anti-trade union laws. Amongst the unions, the PCS and NUT are preparing for just such action.
Congratulations to the university lecturers for leading the way.

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