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Lambeth College UCU on indefinite strike

As you are likely aware, Lambeth College UCU members went out yesterday, Wed 4th June 2014, starting a period of indefinite strike action. The dispute concerns the serious erosion of terms and conditions at Lambeth College.

UNISON members are joining the strike next Wednesday and Thursday, with escalation to follow.

You can learn more about the strike by following the strike’s blog:

Please send messages of support and donations via the following page:-

You can follow the strike action’s twitter feed at:

Without doubt, support and solidarity from the LJMU UCU Branch to all those at Lambeth.
An attack on one is an attack on all.

ICM Cleaners at John Lewis balloted for Strike Action for London Living Wage

IWW unionised cleaners at John Lewis are continuing their campaign towards a wage increase above Minimum Wage and to the London Living Wage.

Following extensive attempts by the workers to improve their situation, their union IWW entered a new pay claim with ICM on 26th October. Clear, realistic and reasonable, not to mention necessary, the pay claim aims at an immediate and backdated increase to £6.72 p/h for cleaners, £8 p/h for supervisors, plus a timetable of discussions aimed at securing full London Living Wage of £8.55 and full sick pay.

Cleaners are currently paid at minimum wage, £6.19/hr.

IWW Link

The TUC’s Brendan Barber on November 30th


Yesterday the Sun asked the TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber to write 200 words setting out the case for the day of action. They are not in today’s paper. We have been asked to reproduce them here:

This government cancelled the tax on bankers’ bonuses. Instead it has brought in a nurses’, teachers’ and lollipop ladies’ tax.

This is what the increase in pension contributions – around £1,000 a year for a nurse – really means. It is not paying for pensions but going straight to the Treasury to fill the hole left by the bonus tax.

It takes a lot to get Brits to strike. Yet the government has driven millions of its own staff to stop work, including unions that have never gone on strike before such as head-teachers. They are not stupid or manipulated by union leaders, but ordinary decent people doing important jobs taking a stand as a last resort.

We know the strike will cause difficulties today, and we regret that. But it’s proved to be the only language the government understands.

I’ve been leading talks with ministers for months. But they were going nowhere. It’s only when we called a day of action that government started to move. Ministers should listen carefully today to their staff, and get stuck into trying to reach the fair negotiated settlement that unions want.

Industrial Action – 30th November 2011

Tomorrow’s Day of Action promises to be a great success. It has strong public support and the government is already back-pedalling on its threats.

We’d like to thank all of you that have volunteered to picket tomorrow at the open JMU buildings and are coming to the march and rally.

For those of you coming on the march JMU members are meeting at 11.40 outside Debenhams, Lord St to walk down together to the Pier Head. You can also join us at the Pier Head at 12 o’clock where we will be assembling in Section D, near to the Liver Building. The rally is from 1 o’clock at St George’s plateau.

Tomorrow we need all of you – School Directors, Managers, Lecturers and Researchers – to support your fellow members and workers at JMU and all those in the public sector who do so much for us and our families.

Some of you have told local reps that you would like to take action but cannot afford to do so and therefore will be turning into work.
To you I would say two things:
1) Under the government’s proposals a senior lecturer will be paying £1,400 per year extra in contributions. Will you be able to afford this?
2) By coming into work you are doing what Cameron, Alexander and Gove have asked you to do and, in effect, are supporting the coalition government and its proposals.

Support the Day of Action! Don’t cross picket lines!
Don’t be on the losing side tomorrow!

UNISON members also vote for 30th Nov strike

As expected, UNISON members have also voted to strike on the TUC’s National Day of Action to defend pensions – 30th November 2011. Further details on local arrangements at LJMU will be posted in due course.

Strike Action – 30th June

The UCU, along with several other public sector unions announced a day of industrial action for Thursday 30th June 2011. This affected UCU members working at an institution where TPS is the predominant lecturers’ pension scheme, including LJMU.

UCU members joined strike action with members from the NUT, ATL, and PCS over the ideological attacks on TPS and other public sector pensions. Ministers are insisting that the cuts are a necessary “affordability” measure, while we argue that:
a) the proposed alterations are above and beyond those already implemented for pension affordability.
b) they are ideologically motivated, and as part of an attack on the public sector as a whole, aim to destroy public sector pensions in the same way that employers’ pension contribution “holidays” of the 80s and 90s destroyed private sector pension value.
c) the government are not prepared to engage in meaningful negotiations about the scale and depth of these pension cuts.

The PCS organised march convened at 1130 on William Brown Street, and set off at around noon, marching via Whitechapel, Queen Square Bus Station, Lime St, then along Renshaw St and Berry St to the Black-E Arts Centre on Great George Street in Chinatown.

The march was very well attended by members of all striking unions, and we were joined by marchers carrying flags and banners for RMT, UCATT, and NASUWT. The route was lined with members of the public showing their support.

We’d like to thank all members who took industrial action, all those who were able to join us on the march, PCS Liverpool for organising / marshalling the march, Merseyside Police for providing traffic/police support, and the public for their warm support along the route.

Marching along Whitechapel in Liverpool

Marching up towards Lime St, Liverpool

Liverpool Hope – Strike

Just a quick message of support to our fellow UCU members at Liverpool Hope University, who are taking strike action today in response to their ongoing row over job losses and the institution’s response to cuts in funding.

More details here:-

Strike Action Today

Our branch, along with the national UCU, is taking a day of strike action today, the 24th March.
To learn more about the reasons for us striking, click here

We will be picketing our sites between 8am and 12 noon today before heading up to the rally at the University of Liverpool, starting in University Square. Please support our pickets today!

Details on the local strike can be found here

Strike Action called for 24th March

Members in both FE and HE have voted to take strike action in defence of the Teachers Pension Fund. In FE, 76% voted to take strike action (turnout 28%). In HE Post 92 Universities in England and Wales 72% supported strikes (turnout 32.1%)∙

Strike action on TPS has now been called for 24th March, to join the final, UK day, of USS strikes. We will send further communications with TPS members as 24th March approaches.

Yesterday 64% of FE members in England also voted for strike action (turnout 28.5%) in a dispute about the 2010 salary negotiations. This follows the vote by 52% of HE members (turnout 34%) to take strike action in their dispute about pay and job security.

FE and HE Officers have now called a day of strike action on these claims, also on 24th March.

TUC’s March for the Alternative – Sat 26th March – London

The UCU are encouraging members to take part in the TUC’s “March for the Alternative” on Saturday 26th March in London.

More details are available at: