Thursday, 24 March 2011

Determined UCU picket line

This morning saw strike action up and down the country in Universities and colleges by members of UCU - University and College Union, the trade union which represents academic staff. The strike was officially called over pensions, and the current attack on them by the employers who are attempted to smash the current pension agreements.

Members of Rhondda Cynon Taff Socialist Party who are either students or non-academic staff at the University of Glamorgan joined with UCU members on the picket lines to show our support to the strike.

It was clear from the outset that whilst the strike was called over pensions and UCU members were rightfully angry about the attacks to their pension rights, they saw this strike in more generalised terms of the attacks on education, but also in the broader attacks on all the gains of the welfare state which are being handed out by this current government.

The support of students, who attending the picket lines were warmly received by over 30 pickets in total across all campus'  many of them stated they would be attending the demonstration this Saturday organised by the TUC, the march for the alternative, and would march alongside the students from the university who are also attending.

A member of Socialist Students was able to interview a member of UCU about the current dispute which you can view below.

This strike had a lot of significance, this was the first national strike action by any trade union since the announcement of the governments proposals to slash public sector pensions, at lets hope this is the first of many strikes. This government have made it perfectly clear that they do not care about ordinary people and will not willingly listen, but we can make them listen, by action such as this but on a much larger scale.

For  co-ordinated action to defend public services and use March 26th as a step towards building a 24 hour public sector general strike.

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