University of the Arts London UCU Rotating Header Image

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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *