This week UCU General Secretary Jo Grady updated members on the progress made so far in negotiations forced by our recent strike action, as well as the anticipated future shape of our second wave of strike action this year. You can read the detailed report here.
You can also remind yourself of the UCU’s aims in the “Four Fights” part of the dispute here.
You may also want to remind yourself of the reasons we’ve been driven to strike action, as well as the achievements we’ve made so far, by watching some of the following speeches made by Cardiff UCU members during our recent strike rallies:
- Postgrad student UCU members & supporters give their reasons for striking as precarious workers subject to gig-economy style working conditions;
- Cardiff UCU member, and elected UCU national negotiator, Woon Wong explains why our USS pension fund is healthy, and does not need to be decimated;
- Cardiff UCU member Rob Thomas on the tragic effects of unhealthy workloads on colleagues’ mental health (content warning: discussion of suicide);
- “Resilience” a poem about the outsourcing of responsibility for the corrosive effects of casualisation onto individual workers, by Grace Krause (read by Hebe Fletcher);
- A case-worker’s eye view of the mess contemporary Universities are in by Cardiff UCU Case Work lead Laurence Totelin; and
- An end-or-strike speech by Cardiff UCU Media and Comms Officer Andy Williams about what the first wave of strikes achieved.