The Struggle must be controlled from below!

Zero for Conduct

University and College Union (UCU) ballot for industrial action over pay, working conditions and pension cuts is open and activists in the union are busy getting the vote out (GTVO) after a preparatory ‘week of anger’ (which most members may not have noticed). One change from UCU’s recent strategy has been to ballot on an aggregate basis. UCU along with Unite, Unison, GMB and the Education Institute of Scotland (EIS) , rejected a 3% pay offer, which was imposed in August. They are demanding a pay uplift of 12% or Retail Price Index (RPI) plus 2%. They are also calling for an end to insecure work practices (including zero hours contracts), and action on workloads; a chronic problem for many workers in Higher Education.. Unison Scotland have called strikes over pay in four universities beginning in September and Unison branches in some English and Welsh institutions are balloting for action…

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