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jeudi, 6 août 2020

 
 

 

Solidarity with British workers

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Since 20 February, the union UCU (University college union) has launched a strike process affecting British universities. UCU represents academics, lecturers, trainers, instructors, researchers, managers, administrators, computer staff, librarians and postgraduates.

Despite the anti-strike laws in force in the country, UCU was able to organize 14 days of strike, between 20 February and 13 March in 74 universities. Already last year, UCU organized 8 days of strike in 60 universities. The movement continued with this new wave of strikes, but it also extended to more universities, more staff, more students. This is an important fact, given the obligation to obtain the positive vote of 50% of workers in order to start the strike.

Pensions, wages, gender equality, precariousness, workloads are the demands put forward. This movement is part of a period marked by other strikes : at the call of PCS (Public and commercial services union), at Birmingham and Merseyside or precarious employees in London, at the call of UVW (United voices of the world), while RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers) has launched the strike process for employees of the London Underground, faced with the blockage of negotiations for months.