Tomorrow (Thursday 10th May), UCU members with their pensions on the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) will go on strike alongside members of PCS and Unite unions. There is also a London-wide march from St Thomas’s hospital at 12 noon going to a rally at the Methodist Central Hall, Westminster 1pm, at which Oxford UCU President Terry Hoad is to speak. Although members at Goldsmiths are on the USS pension scheme, we still need to show solidarity. Members are encouraged in particular to join the picket lines at Lewisham College, Lewisham Way campus from 8am.
The elections in Greece and France, as well as the strength of the anti-Coalition vote here in the UK last week, have shown that resistance to a Neo-Liberal agenda of austerity has gained momentum. A statement from UCULeft, sent out today, reminded members that ‘UCU members, like other Public Sector workers, have just suffered the first instalment of the “austerity tax” through increased pension contributions taken from our April pay. That is reason enough to get out on the picket lines and rallies tomorrow to make common cause with civil servants, hospitals and others, let alone the other cuts to our pensions which face us.’
More information, include live updates from strikers around the country, can be found at http://tps.web.ucu.org.uk/.