Solidarity to the UCU Strikers #UCURising

Today is Thursday 9th February so it sees the first of another two consecutive days of strike action by members of the University and College UCU across the UK. Although I no longer work in the UK I’d like to send this message of support to my former colleagues there who will be out on the picket lines tomorrow and on subsequent days. There will be further escalation of strike action next week, with three days of strikes.

This industrial action arises from a dispute over pensions, pay, and working conditions. The strikes will affect 2.5 million students but are necessary to safeguard not only the livelihoods of academic staff against increased casualisation and salary cuts but the UK university system itself, which is being ruined by incompetent management. Regrettably, the strikes will cause considerable disruption but, frankly, there is no point in a strike that doesn’t do that.

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