In July, UCU members voted to reject the current offer from UCEA, as the latest step in our Four Fights dispute. We have an upcoming HE Special Sector conference, which was called to consider the union’s response to the attack on jobs, pay, and conditions resulting from the actions of employers during the Covid-19 pandemic. These issues, each exacerbated by the pandemic, relate directly to those at the heart of the Four Fights dispute, and the discussions at the conference will impact what we do next as a sector.
How should we continue our fight for secure work, reasonable workloads, and fair and equal pay? What different types of industrial action are available to us, and what kinds of leverage would we have with these different actions? What might an escalation strategy look like, and how can we resource sustained action?
The University of Sheffield UCU and Sheffield Hallam UCU branches are hosting an online discussion of all of these issues, centred around three questions:
1. Should UCU ballot for industrial action now (or very soon)? If so, what type of industrial action?
2. How do we advance our Four Fights campaign at a UK-wide level (either in parallel with a ballot or separate to that)?
3. How can we coordinate UK-wide campaigning with local branch work (particularly given attacks on casualised jobs during Covid)?
This discussion will take place on 3 September, from 5-7pm. We welcome activists from all branches, and we want to encourage participation from as many members as possible.
Register to attend here. Zoom login info will be set to participants on the morning of the event.