We’ve been pleased to receive messages of support and solidarity from across the world in recent weeks – we’ll be posting any messages we receive up here as they come in. If you’re from outside the College and would like to send a message of solidarity please email gucu-admin[at]gold.ac.uk.

Message of solidarity from HE Greenwich UNISON
Dear Marian,

I’m writing to send solidarity from your neighbours, the Higher Education Greenwich UNISON branch, and to let you know that we are donating £100 as a branch to the UCU national strike fund.

Defending pensions for university staff is crucial, both for the sector and its staff but also as this attack is the thin end of the wedge of an attack on DB pensions everywhere. We agree with UCU’s assertions that the USS analysis is flawed and being used to push through punitive and unnecessary pension cuts.

Your fight is our fight. I mean this more literally than usual, as most of our administrative staff members at Trinity Laban in Laurie Grove, Deptford and Greenwich are also in the USS pension scheme. We recently voted unanimously (on a 71% turnout) to reject the USS offer in UNISON’s consultation and are now awaiting the go-ahead to proceed to a formal strike ballot in order to join you in the defense of our pensions. We have also been encouraging our members to contact their MPs on the issue and several have responded positively offering support via signing the Early Day Motion and other means.

Assuming the derisory offer made yesterday (12 March) by UUK is rejected and the strike continues, we will be sending a delegation to join you on the picket line on Thursday morning. A few of us have already visited informally and were heartened by the strength of your members’ resolve and the positivity and fighting spirit displayed in such difficult circumstances.

With all best wishes,

Edith Speller
Branch Secretary, Higher Education Greenwich UNISON UNISON Steward at Trinity Laban