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Strike action news

It was heartening to see so many in attendance at today’s branch meeting to discuss the announced strike action. Building on that momentum and strength of feeling, we want to start the process of preparation for the strike by encouraging members to volunteer take  part on one of the four picket lines in operation on strike days. On campus these will be located near to the main entrance, the South Building and Quarry Road along with a fourth at the Virgil Building (all running from 7.00am to 12.00pm).

To volunteer,  providing dates and times you can be on the USS and pay and conditions strike picket lines for the Main Gate, South Gate, Quarry road and Virgil. . We recommend four picket line duties of two hours where possible, early times are particularly welcome! Please respond directly to me, as Branch Secretary.

Day Date Gate Main/South/Quarry/Virgil Time Name/email
Monday 25 November 2019
Tuesday 26 November 2019
Wednesday 27 November 2019
Thursday 28 November 2019
Friday 29 November 2019
Monday 02 December 2019
Tuesday 03 December 2019
Wednesday 04 December 2019

In case you have never joined a picket line before, the intention is simply to inform and persuade people of the validity and strength of our grievance.  This means engaging with others to obtain and communicate information in a peaceful manner and if possible persuade them not to cross the picket line. Picket supervisors are appointed to help co-ordinate activity and leaflets will be available to hand out.

UCU advises that pickets should be visible and active, with official picket signs clearly displayed. So we hope to have an strong turnout, as previously!

University staff don’t want to strike for fair pensions and pay, but we’re being forced to


Events – Bath UCU

Strike Action Meeting + NUS Support

A reminder that there is an invite in your Outlook Calendars for today’s Branch Meeting at 13:15 in 3E 2.1 where we will be discussing strike action.

For those who missed it at the time, please see the joint UCU/NUS statement of mutual support on the current HE dispute HERE, and yesterday’s tweet by NUS president Zamzam Ibrahim in solidarity HERE. I have contacted the President Bath SU today and hope that we can work together as sister unions to help avoid confusion and anxiety amongst students by offering a clear message on the dispute and the nature of the planned action, volunteering to hold a joint meeting to answer questions from the student body, etc.

Aa reminder that there is an invite in your Outlook Calendars for today’s Branch Meeting at 13:15 in 3E 2.1 where we will be discussing strike action.

Film Showing Next Week

A quick reminder that next week, UCU Bath will be hosting director Jon Seal for a showing of his new documentary The Teacher’s Protest, which chronicles the 1942 teacher’s strike in Nazi occupied Norway. It would be fantastic to get a strong showing for what is an excellent and timely documentary about a little known topic. The showing is 18:15 on Thursday the 14th of November. Those wishing to attend, please book through the Eventbrite page HERE so we know if there’s a need to alter the room.

Unis Resist Borders Workshop

An update also on the planned Uni’s Resist Border Controls: Resistant Workshop, which is set for Wednesday 27th of November. If it is not possible to reach an agreement in time for strike action to be called off, the event will still take place, but will be moved to a city centre location. Please do also book on the Eventbrite page HERE to indicate you will be attending.