USS and Four Fights Disputes – Motion for Further Action

  • This branch acknowledges the need to fight back against increasing casualisation, damaging workloads, scandalous gender & race pay gaps and a decade long erosion of our pay
  • This branch notes the decision of HEC to coordinate ballot distribution and strike days for the Four Fights & USS disputes. This strategy allowed for UCU’s most successful ballot turnout results on pay ever and led to 8 days impactful strike action, which is empowering our national negotiators.
  • This branch recognises the need to increase pressure at this point and that in order to win we have to move towards escalating our industrial action.
  • We welcome the emergence of new proposals in the Four Fights dispute but we regard them as insufficient.
  • This branch supports this existing strategy towards our ongoing disputes in HE, and believes that strike action in relation to both disputes should continue to escalate, up to and including the 14 days endorsed by HESC in December 2019.
  • We note that the proposed start dates (20 and 21 February) for the next round of strike action are within Goldsmiths’ reading week and therefore propose that Goldsmiths have the option of delaying the start date for any further action to the week of the 24 February.

Passed unanimously GUCU branch meeting 29.01.2020