UCU in transformation: UK-wide activists assembly and organising school

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  • Dennis Leech, Warwick Uni and Sam Marsh, Sheffield Uni on USS Pensions dispute
  • Jo Grady, Sheffield Uni - USS Strike action

  • Jana Bacevic, Cambridge Uni - social media workshop

  • Manali Desai, Cambridge Uni - Equality

  • Dave Muritu, Sandwell College and NEC Black Members rep

  • Nita Sangera, Bourneville College and UCU Vice President-Elect

  • Carlo Morelli, Dundee University and USS Negotiator

  • Sai Englert, SOAS, Fractionals for Fair Pay

Hosted by London Region UCU

Supported by Liverpool University UCU, Dundee University UCU, Newcastle University UCU, University College London UCU, Cambridge University UCU, City and Islington College UCU, Lambeth College UCU, Kings College London, Imperial College, Westminster Kingsway College, College of NW London, Lewisham and Southwark College, Havering College and Croydon College

Saturday 28 April Day School
10.30 - Registration

11am - 12:15pm: Workshops:

i) Moving into Action: Campaigning to GTVO and organising strikes

ii) #NoCapitulation: Using social media

iii) Democratising the union: putting members at the centre of change

iv) Reclaiming our Colleges: Students and workers organising together

12.30-2pm: Plenaries:

HE open session: The USS pension dispute - reclaiming our Universities - (fighting to win)

FE open session: Pay and conditions in FE: Coordinating to win

2pm-2.30pm Lunch

2.30 - 3.45: Workshops:

i) Building solidarity across the labour and trade union movement

ii) Equality Through and Through: Integrating equality demands in our industrial campaigns

iii) At the Heart of the Union: casualised workers in industrial action

iv) An Injury to One... Defending international workers and students (fighting racism on campus)

3:45 Closing session: Organising to win - building a democratic, campaigning union

UCU – A union transformed – building a fighting union

A UK-wide activists assembly and organising school with practical sessions and discussion.

The strike action taken by UCU members in HE in defence of USS pensions has been inspirational. Some 40,000 lecturers, academic related staff, researchers and support staff have struck across 64 institutions. In the first week of the strike 3,200 people joined UCU. Many of these new members are BAME, women and young members starting out their careers.

In FE 15 colleges are involved in a campaign of escalating strike action in defence of their pay and conditions. There are another 146 branches that have submitted 168 claims to their employers that could form a second wave of action. This is 50% of all FE bargaining units across the UK. The claims range from, pay, casualisation, equal pay and workloads.

UCU is in transformation.

This UCU UK – wide activist assembly hosted by London Region invites all branches that want to be a part of developing a new campaigning UCU to come to the school. Each session will be led off by UCU members who have been on the front-line of this transformation; building the strike votes and picket lines, developing imaginative social media campaigns and creative campaigning strategies. Each workshop will be looking at ways that women, BAME, LGBT+ and disabled members can ensure that their concerns are central in shaping the union.

Equality issues have to be at the heart of a fighting UCU.

If you are in a branch that is about to enter into a dispute or in a branch that hasn’t yet been energised by the recent campaigning activity around USS and FE pay come along and be a part of the event.

** There will be a collection for a hardship fund on the day to help towards the cost of the fare for those who have travelled from outside London to get the meeting**

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