Saturday, 22 April 2017

Brighton Uni UCU Strike 26th and 27th April

In all the campaigning and organising that needs to be done to kick out the Tories please do take the time to support the UCU at Brighton University on strike this Wednesday and Thursday.
There will be pickets on all the main sites from early morning.  The dispute hinges on union recognition for background to the dispute see the UCU video 
Messages of support for next week would be greatly appreciated and should be sent to
'Solidarity selfies', using the slogan 'Defend union rights. Support Brighton UCU' or something similar, can be posted to
Follow us on Twitter: @BrightonUCU
Members voted by a majority of over three to one for strike action on a high turnout in response to a series of management breaches of existing agreements, followed by a refusal to abide by the disputes resolution procedure.
The University has cancelled promotions to Principal Lecturer, has demoted a number of part-time lecturers to demonstrator status (unilaterally reclassifying lecturer work as demonstrating), and is pushing through compulsory redundancies in a School which has failed to implement a recently signed workload allocation agreement.

When challenged on these issues, the Vice Chancellor said, 'It is the University’s position that it does not require the agreement of the UCU in respect of these issues.' She now wants the UCU to sign away its negotiating rights to a whole range of issues relating to the terms and conditions of academic staff. The plan is clearly to marginalise the union in advance of large-scale job losses and wholesale changes to contracts.

Brighton UCU plans a rapidly escalating campaign of industrial action to confront this threat to effective trade unionism at the institution. Next week's two-day strike will be followed by a three-day strike a fortnight later and further action as necessary.