Reports from today’s debate and last week’s rally

At the end of the second of our weekly two-hour strikes, a quick report on the activity we’ve engaged in:

Thursday 23/01/14: UCU officers address a rally outside the RHB

Thursday 23/01/14: UCU officers address a rally outside the RHB

Last week our rally outside the Richard Hoggart Building drew around one hundred and fifty staff and students to hear speeches from UCU members and march with us to the Deptford Town Hall.

28/01/14: Goldsmiths UCU President addresses the crowd outside the college

28/01/14: Goldsmiths UCU President addresses the crowd outside the college

Today, after a quick rally in front of the college where Goldsmiths UCU President Tom Henri addressed a large crowd of staff and students, we hosted a fantastic open discussion in the Students’ Union. Led by officers of UCU and the Students’ Union, questions and statements from the floor put the strike in the wider context of the privatisation and marketisation of education, both here at Goldsmiths and nationally across the UK, and debated about the next stages of the struggle. Attended by between 160 and 200 people, the atmosphere was brilliant and set the stage for taking the struggle further.

28/01/14: Goldsmiths UCU Secretary kicks off an open discussion in the SU

28/01/14: Goldsmiths UCU Secretary kicks off an open discussion in the SU

After the discussion we marched to Deptford Town Hall, where students chanted for the warden to come out and explain why he has taken a 9% raise while staff have only been offered a measly 1% – amounting to a cut in real terms of up to 16%. At 4pm we returned to work – but staff and students have given a clear message to management: the dispute is far from over, and we have the energy and the will to keep the pressure on.

28/01/14: Led by UCU and SU officers, staff and students gathered outside Deptford Town Hall

28/01/14: Led by UCU and SU officers, staff and students gathered outside Deptford Town Hall

Tuesday 28th Jan: 2 Hour Strike, 2-4pm

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The second of our series of two hour strikes will take place tomorrow – Tuesday the 28th of January – from 2pm until 4pm.

We will be hosting an open discussion on the next steps of the struggle in the stretch at 2:15pm.

Please let us know if you think your pay will be affected by the action. We can offer compensation for docked pay, particularly for hourly paid staff.

This strike will form part of national action currently being undertaken by UCU in support of Fair Pay in Higher Education. See http://fairpay.web.ucu.org.uk/ for more information.

Thursday 23 Jan: 2-hour strike, Rally for Fair Pay and Branch Meeting

Tomorrow will the first of UCU’s national 2 hour strikes. All over the country, UCU members will be stopping work from 11am until 1pm.At Goldsmiths, we will be holding a rally outside the Richard Hoggart Building from 11.15am onwards. Please walk out of your lectures, and bring students to the rally with you!

This will form part of national action currently being undertaken by UCU in support of Fair Pay in Higher Education. See http://fairpay.web.ucu.org.uk/ for more information.

Hourly paid members are reminded that they can apply for compensation for any lost pay from our hardship fund – just email gucu-admin@gold.ac.uk with details of how you will be affected.

The action will be followed by a Branch Meeting in Deptford Town Hall, room 110. Please join us for this important meeting, to discuss the ongoing action among other key issues both local and national.