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June, 2010:

New strike day leaflet

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Message to members re Strike on Monday 21 June

Dear colleague

5 Days to the Next UAL STRIKE DAY, 21st June

On Behalf of The UAL UCU Coordinating Committee

Following managements slowness in entering productive talks with UCU to try to end the current dispute, UCU Coordinating Committee at the UAL have had to call a second day of Action on 21st June.

UCU Regional Official (Greg Barnett) tabled a willingness to UAL management back in March to meet management to discuss a resolution to the current dispute and has today written formally to UAL management to re-iterate this openness to talk to resolve the dispute.

Unless management enter productive talks to resolve this dispute now, UCU at UAL will have no option but to enter the new academic year in dispute and with the prospect of further industrial action as mandated by members in the ballot  –  None of us want this

This 2nd Day of Action is most important in our resolve to encourage management to see reason and enter substantive negotiations to resolve this dispute.

It is important that members support this Day of Action and that we all work to make it even more successful than the previous one

Picketing at Colleges on 21st June will be focused at the following sites:

LCF – High Holborn

LCC – Elephant & Castle

CCW – Chelsea College, Millbank

CSM – Southampton Row

Picketing will be from 8am to 12.30pm and all members are asked to support the picket at their workplace for as long as possible.

From 1pm, all members are asked to join a Rally at Chelsea College on the Parade Ground where a Picket Picnic is being organized by the Chelsea Branch following a similar event on 27th May at CSM. Take along your own refreshments and delicacies.

This one day strike at UAL coincides with the national ‘United for Education’ day of action; see for information on events and rallies across London on the 21st that UAL UCU members are encouraged to support – following UAL picket line duty of course!

UAL UCU Co-ordinating Committee

16 June 2010

New strike date – 21 June

(ii) Copy of UAL Co-comm message to all UCU members across the university
Dear UCU members at UAL
On behalf of the UCU Coordinating committee at UAL, following our last very successful day of action on 27 May, it is with dismay that I am writing to inform you all that UAL management have not yet offered to enter into substantive negotiations with UCU to resolve the current dispute.
We are therefore calling a second day of action timed to coincide with the national UCU day of action on June 21st.
UCU Head Office has now approved this further Action at the UAL and this afternoon sent formal notification to the Rector and UAL management.
UCU CoCom are also looking into the possibility of calling an All-Members Meeting towards the end of next week to update all members on the situation and any progress in talks with management to avoid this second Day of Action
Timing, we know is difficult, but this is an important meeting given our determination to keep lines of negotiation open.
Please do all you can to attend.
We are also proposing a cross-university meeting for all ALs in late June/early July.
This is to provide an update on potential cuts in AL work for next academic year and inform all ALs of important changes: significant pay-rise plus substantial improvement in AL security of employment  due to come into effect from august 2010.

Best wishes
Ron Todd

Strike day report – 27 May

Strike day report:

A copy of a strike day report from Tony Sullivam at LCF:

The UCU strike action on Thursday 27th May was a success both here at LCF and across the whole university.  At LCF we mounted respectable picket lines from around 8am to lunchtime at three of our major sites High Holborn, Mare Street and JPS.  During the strike day we received several solidarity messages and picket line visits from the following UCU branches, Goldsmiths College, Kings College, UCL, The Institute of Education and Waltham Forest College amongst others. We also received support from The London Magazine Branch of The NUJ, local CWU branches and Unite London HQ.  

Every college had at least one picket line. At LCC kids from the nursery made their own beautiful colourful banner and then marched out and joined our LCC UCU colleagues in the fight for jobs, courses and the future of accessible quality arts education.  At CSM a rally of around one hundred strikers and supporters gathered in the sun outside the Cochrane Theatre to hear reports on the strength and solidity of the action across the six colleges and greetings from many London UCU branches were read out.

Here at LCF, across our sites, dozens of LCF UCU members took part in picketing; many students signed our petition against job and course cuts, and Unison and GMB colleagues stopped to take our leaflets, before we headed off to the rally outside CSM after lunch.  There seems to be general agreement that the JPS picket line was the smoothest in the style stakes, demonstrating that picketing, as well as being a social act of solidarity, can be sartorially sound too!  
Many thanks to all LCF UCU members who took an active part in the picket lines.

As the present impasse in the dispute continues and we prepare to strike again on Monday 21st your union, UCU,  needs your continued active support. So finally, we call on all those who struck but didn’t picket last time, to come and join the picket lines and help build the success of any further action we may have to take.

Best wishes Tony Sullivan