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Strike Advice – as we enter week 3

Published: 2nd March, 2018

Sent to all Leicester UCU members and supporters [Friday 2 March] Also available as a pdf AS NEGOTIATIONS RECOMMENCE, MAKE MONDAY MEMORABLE Each day there have been between 100 and 200 members picketing. This Monday we need to redouble our efforts to send a clear message to UUK that we are not just maintaining the…

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Strike Report – Day 5

Published: 2nd March, 2018

We began the day knowing that UUK and UCU had agreed to go into arbitration talks with ACAS: a very positive step that shows our action is getting results. Some people may wonder why we’re still striking now that talks are due to recommence. The answer is very simple: we cannot countenance dropping the pressure…

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Strike Report – Day 4

Published: 2nd March, 2018

Despite the snow starting to fall and below freezing temperatures, day 4 saw our biggest turn-out of protesting staff and students yet. Has to have been more than 200. The Socialist Students society joined us early on the picket line to gather signatures on a petition in support of striking staff.   We marched around…

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Strike Report – Day 3

Published: 2nd March, 2018

As the second week of strike action began, it was freezing, but that didn’t dampen our spirits and there was an even bigger turn out of staff on the picket lines, making much noise and garnering lots of supportive honks from passing traffic.   As promised, we returned to Fielding Johnson Building in the expectation…

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Strike Art!

Published: 26th February, 2018

Up and down the country there’s been an amazing outpouring of creativity around this pensions dispute. Here in Leicester our Free University of Leicester got off to a great start on Monday with a session on strike art, which invited students, staff… anyone… to create. Here are some of the results.

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Strike Report – Day 2

Published: 23rd February, 2018

The second day of strike action is often the first test of a union’s resolve, and our members as always did not let us down. In bitterly cold temperatures members and our supporters turned out. Today we estimated that we had around 80-100 staff and supporters on our picket lines which started bright and breezy…

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Strike Report – Day 1

Published: 22nd February, 2018

A fantastic start in Leicester to UCU’s 14 days of strike action. We estimate 850 lecturers, researchers and professional services staff struck; 120 UCU members stood – and chatted and sang and danced – on picket lines all around the campus; and 400 students, staff and other supporters rallied outside the VC’s office in the…

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First day of 14 days of strike action at Leicester university (Press Release)

Published: 21st February, 2018

PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY LEICESTER UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE UNION 21 February 2018 First day of 14 days of strike action at Leicester university Tomorrow hundreds of workers at University of Leicester begin 14 days of strike action, lasting over four weeks. The employees – including most lecturers, professors and other teaching staff, along with many…

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Free University of Leicester – awesome teach-out events!

Published: 19th February, 2018

Check out the fantastic teach-outs we’ll be running on almost every strike afternoon!

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Our response to David Willetts’ visit

Published: 18th February, 2018

At the end of this week, the University of Leicester  released a, at best, bizarre press release exalting the visit of Lord David Willetts to the University of Leicester on Thursday. There is a small reference to the protest held by UCU and students, but we’d like to point out to the University that there were probably…

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