The University of Manchester UCU Rotating Header Image

February 28th, 2020:

Week 3 strike plans – Jo Grady UCU General Secretary, 3rd March

Jo Grady, UCU General Secretary, will visit UoM pickets and speak at rally on Wednesday 4th March.

Many thanks for all your support which, as you may have seen from yesterdays email from Jo Grady, has forced both UUK and UCEA back to the negotiating table. The UCU negotiators clearly cannot say too much about what is going on behind closed doors but there are hopeful signs of movement by employers from their former, totally intransigent positions on the USS pensions and the “Four Fights” disputes.

However, we cannot assume this is the case so must keep up the pressure so here is the plan for four days of strikes next week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday:

Picketting from 8:30-11:00 each day: if you’re not certain what to do, come to the Students Union foyer on Oxford Road or the Granby Row entrance to the Sackville Building and we’ll direct you.
Breakfast from 10:00 each day in the Student Union followed on Monday and Tuesday by strike meetings in the Student Union building while Thursday is a trade union solidarity day with Manchester Trades Council.
On Tuesday, following the strike meeting, we’ll be holding a “Get Involved – representing members” session. If personal case work and representing your colleagues is something you’d be interested in, then please come along, we desperately need volunteers.
On Wednesday, at 11.15, rally in St Peter’s Chaplaincy with UCU General Secretary, Jo Grady.
Teach-outs each in the Student Union from 12.00 details in our information area HERE

On Wednesday evening from 6.00pm, GTA social in Sandbar with pizza.

If you are staying at home, that is absolutely fine, but please take the time to write to:
Nancy Rothwell at President@manchester.ac.uk
Patrick Hackett, the Registrar, at patrick.hackett-REGISTRAR@manchester.ac.uk
Edward Astle, the Chair of the Board of Governors, at chair@manchester.ac.uk
Your MP – https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/

We need to keep up the pressure, so please encourage your students to write to Nancy too, by downloading this flyer and QR code HERE

And if you do not feel able, for whatever reason, to strike please help those who are and face hundreds and even thousands of pounds in pay deductions in the fight for better pensions, pay and employment conditions for every employee of the university by donating to the UMUCU Branch Hardship Fund: Account name: UCU University of Manchester; Sort code: 60-83-01; Account Number: 20392565; Reference: Hardship Fund.

In solidarity,

The UMUCU Executive Committee