Universities are threatening to deduct up to 100% of staff’s wages even on days when there is no industrial action – a shameless attempt to punish workers for defending their rights.
Attacks on pensions are an everyday reality across Britain’s workplaces – but university workers have shown that it’s possible to fight for restoration and win.
All British universities are facing unprecedented strikes after workers have voted overwhelmingly against cuts to their pay and pensions. Their campaign shows how the fighting mood among working people is growing bigger by the day.
University bosses have spent the last decade attacking pay and pensions and stripping bare the conditions that once formed the basis of a career in higher education. Now, members of UCU are rising to take back what is theirs.
Across the country this year, UCU workers are striking not just for wages, pensions, and conditions — but for a higher education system worth learning in.
Starting tomorrow, the UCU is balloting workers at 152 universities in a landmark battle over pensions, pay and conditions – it will be the biggest industrial fight in the union’s history.
Women now make up the majority of union members in Britain and increasingly lead labour struggles across the world – but their unions too rarely reflect them. It’s time for that to change.