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Open University: fight the cuts

Submitted by SJW on 10 April, 2018 - 8:17 Author: a UCU member

Bosses at the Open University are planning to slash up to a third of courses to save £100m a year from its £420m budget. A voluntary redundancy programme begins this week.

The OU has been badly hit by the slump in part-time student numbers following the 2012 rise in tuition fees. Whereas previously most OU students had been able to pay their way through alongside full-time work, they were now faced with taking out loans, and many decided against it.

USS strike ballot: Vote No!

Submitted by SJW on 10 April, 2018 - 8:09 Author: a UCU member

University and College Union members are voting on a deal that would see strikes in over sixty universities called off in return for an independent review of pension provision. Voting ends on 16 April.

Fourteen days of strike action in February and March forced university bosses UUK to ditch a plan to end guaranteed pensions. But now strikers are being asked to put their trust in a process that may produce nothing better.

UUK backs down, but no deal yet

Submitted by Gemma_S on 27 March, 2018 - 1:42 Author: Gemma Short
Hundreds of UCU members on a picket line with placards and a purple smoke flare

On Friday 23 March UCU members were emailed by the union with a ″proposal for resolving the dispute″ on pensions from Universities UK.

The new proposal is a significant step back by the employer, and shows victory could be within reach, but does not guarantee enough for strikes to be called off just yet.

NUS Conference 2018: defeat the right, fight for left-wing, militant leadership

Submitted by AWL on 27 March, 2018 - 12:09 Author: AWL Students
Demo pic

At last year’s National Union of Students conference, NUS’s broadly leftish leadership was displaced by a new, mostly more right-wing team of officers. President Malia Bouattia, whose re-election we critically supported, lost to incumbent Shakira Martin.

Revolt in the degree factory

Submitted by SJW on 14 March, 2018 - 11:55 Author: A UCU member
UCU London demonstration

On Monday 12 March Universities UK and the University and Colleges Union (UCU) announced they had reached an ″agreement″ at ACAS in the ongoing dispute over the USS pension scheme.

As details of the ″deal″ came to light UCU members across the country were at first confused as to why the UCU would have agreed such a deal, and then angry.

Student and workers say #NoCapitulation - Support the strikes!

Submitted by SJW on 13 March, 2018 - 4:08
No capitulation

Student occupiers, anti cuts activists and UCU members from across the UK spoke to Workers' Liberty

Bristol students occupation

An occupation of Bristol University Senior Management’s offices has forced the university to concede to most of their demands. A Bristol Uni occupier writes...

University strikes still strong in fourth week

Submitted by Gemma_S on 12 March, 2018 - 1:04 Author: By a UCU member
UCU members picketing their workplace

Strike action continues at sixty-four universities next week, with the first full week of action over the scrapping of guaranteed pensions. The strength of the strikes has already forced the employers to ACAS, where talks will continue on Monday.

UCU has rightly refused to call off strike action while the talks continue, and has authorised a further fourteen days of action to hit exams and assessment after Easter if the dispute is not settled.

University pension revolt gains strength

Submitted by Gemma_S on 27 February, 2018 - 6:45
A big red picket fence in front of the gates to a University building.

See more coverage of student protests here.

As Solidarity goes to press, staff at 64 universities are on the fourth day of strikes over pensions which began on Thursday 22 February. Seven more universities are due to join in coming weeks.

There has been a strength of feeling on the picket lines unprecedented in recent university disputes. A thousand people joined a protest at Bristol, and at many other campuses numbers have been in the hundreds.