Special Strike Issue No 1

Zero for Conduct

The University and College Union (UCU) announced strikes for 24th, 25th and 30th November which have involved 70,000 workers in 150 universities, in addition to the national demonstration in London on 30th November. The strikes are over pensions, pay, workloads, casualisation and inequalities. UCU members were joined in some universities by striking Unite and Unison members.
The result of the strike ballots initiated by the UCU was announced on October 24th. 81.1 % voted to strike on a turnout of 57.8% for the pay and conditions ballot. For the pension’sballot, support for strike action was higher at 84.9% on a turnout of 60.2%.
After the first two days of strike action union members reported strong turnout at picket lines. The tactical decision of UCU to ballot at a national level, has not only allowed more workers to take strike action but has led to an improved morale compared to last…

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