UCU members were out on strike across Wales today. Union members were on picket lines at Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth and Lampeter universities. They struck as part of a dispute across Britain against attacks on pensions.
Around 50 workers were on the picket line in Swansea from 7am and in Cardiff around 80 people braved the pouring rain to attend a morning rally on campus that was addressed by Sally Hunt, UCU national secretary.
Sally said “UCU members are right to be out on strike this morning. We will do everything necessary to secure decent pensions for our members”.
Guy Stoate, president of Wales UCU, told Socialist Worker “University lecturers across Wales are out on strike this morning to prevent the government from stealing their pension fund. I’m proud to be out here standing with them; people are upbeat despite the heavy rain”.
People are talking about next Thursday when the whole of further and higher education will be out on strike. “I’m looking forward to Thursday. For me it’s just the start of a campaign to stop the government trying to make working class people pay for a crisis caused by the rich and wealthy”
South East Wales UCU have called a major lunchtime rally on Thursday (24 March) outside the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff Bay—this could be a massive opportunity to bring public sector workers in South Wales together in the fight over pensions.
UCU members in Scotland were on strike yesterday as part of the same dispute.