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UCU votes for more strikes

Issue No. 2282

The UCU lecturers’ union has voted unanimously to escalate action to defend public sector pensions.

Its national executive committee (NEC) met on Friday of last week. It passed a motion stressing that “escalating the action quickly and significantly is the key to winning”.

The NEC resolved unanimously to call for a one-day national, coordinated strike “as early as possible in the spring term” at the next joint education group meeting.

It called for this to be “immediately followed by coordinated regional action” and to end with a “48 hour nationally coordinated strike”.

The UCU will also put this proposal to the TUC public sector coordinating group.

Speakers for the motion stressed that the success of 30 November had transformed workers’ confidence.

They said it was vital to show union members that there was a strategy to win.

The PCS and NUT have also backed further nationally coordinated strikes in the New Year.

The UCU vote means a coordinated 24-hour strike in January, and a 48-hour strike in February, could happen.

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Tue 6 Dec 2011, 17:55 GMT
Issue No. 2282
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