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What’s Up Doc?! Talk from a Junior Doctor on Strike, Tue 26th, 13:15

This week, as UCU members across the country vote on whether to take industrial action over our own pay and conditions, Junior Doctors will begin an “all out” strike, including in emergency services, for the first time in the history of the NHS.

Over the weekend the government rejected calls from across the political spectrum to return to negotiations and declared that they will continue to impose a new contract on doctors from August this year. Junior Doctors and the British Medical Association have said that the new contract is unsafe for patients, unfair and discriminatory for staff and have described it as representing “an existential danger to the NHS”.

Bath UCU Committee has passed a policy to support the Junior Doctors and their campaign, and with so much at stake, we have organised an event to ask:

Why are a group of professionals dedicated to the well-being of their patients resorting to such drastic action, what does this mean for our NHS, and how should we respond?

EVENT: What’s Up Doc?!

Bath UCU are pleased to host Dr Ed Mew, a Junior Doctor at Bath Royal United Hospital, who will give his perspective on the dispute and strike.
Time: Tuesday 25th April, 13:15-14:05
Venue: 3 East 2.4.
Facebook Event:

All union members, other staff and students welcome – please forward this email to your colleagues and invite your students.

If you cannot attend, but want to know more about the Junior Doctors dispute and/or support their campaign, see this post from Bath Trades Union Council.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: UCU Industrial Action Ballot

There are just five working days until the members’ ballot closes:

  1. If you have already received your ballot paper, please fill it in and post today.
  2. If you have not received a ballot paper, you can order a replacement here.
  3. If you have already voted, encourage others to do the same – email for more info or collect materials for your department at the meeting tomorrow.

For the latest news on the ongoing dispute between university employers and higher education trade unions see the national UCU website and Bath UCU blog.

FAIR PAY IN HE: preparing for Thursday’s strike action

hedispute_unitedforeducation_lg.miniINFORMATION ABOUT THURSDAY’S ACTION
Why we are striking: 10 reasons to take industrial action for fair pay

The three unions taking action on Thursday have written a letter to the new University Chancellor expressing our concern at the moral vacuum in the university’s leadership.  We received this reply

There will be pickets on the three main entrances to the University from 7.30.   These are Convocation Avenue, Quarry Road and 2 South. If you can help with picketing please contact
or just join us there.

We also need people to leaflet students at the main bus stops in town
from 8.30 on Thursday.  If you can help with this contact



UCU Fighting Fund.   UCU will support its members who face financial
hardship as a result of taking strike action.  Please contact one of the
branch officers for more information.   You can also contribute to the
fund here


Depending on the employers’ response, we may be called on to take
further strike action.

From Friday 1st November we are being called on to work to contract. We
will call a campus meeting about this next week.


TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady will speak at a UCU rally outside
Senate House, Bristol University at 11 am on Thursday.

Twitter  @ucu   #fairpayinFE