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June 15th, 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