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May 12th, 2010:

VOTE YES TO INDUSTRIAL ACTION

VOTE YES TO INDUSTRIAL ACTION

As you will know, UAL UCU’s ballot for industrial action is now open. It’s really important that you vote yes to strike action and yes to action short of a strike.

The University management is pressing on with its so-called ‘efficiency programme’, has already cut over 100 academic jobs and is refusing to negotiate with us over a proper redundancy procedure. We believe that the University has also failed to consult meaningfully with staff and students and has not attempted to minimise redundancies.

These cuts are creating confusion, damaging morale and raising workloads for everyone. The quality of arts education in London is being severely damaged. Yet our management refuses to listen to us.

Strike action is always a last resort for UCU but we must send a clear message to our management. If we don’t take action now, our management will continue unchallenged and the damage to our institution and our colleges may be irreparable.

All across the sector, UCU members are fighting back against cuts and management attempts to re-engineer institutions without regard to staff, students or the quality of education.

Unless we send a clear message that we are ready to take action in defence of jobs and arts eduation, we face a future of cuts and rising workloads, management by diktat, and plummeting morale.

You can find a leaflet here with more reasons to VOTE YES. Please download this, make sure it is seen and circulate it round your colleagues: http://ual.web.ucu.org.uk/files/2010/05/UAL_ballot_leaflet.pdf

READ MORE ABOUT WHY WE MUST VOTE YES HERE:

This is the ballot insert sent to all members balloted. Download it here:http://ual.web.ucu.org.uk/files/2010/05/UAL-Ballot-Insert.pdf