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Lecturers to join 28 March coordinated pensions strike

by James Eaden, UCU executive (pc)
Issue No. 2289

The UCU lecturers' union has voted to back more co-ordinated strikes beginning with a strike on 28 March. Lecturers in the TPS pension scheme will strike alongside teachers in the NUT union and civil service workers in the PCS union.

There is now the potential for up to three quarters of a million trade unionists taking action to re-ignite the pensions campaign. 

The UCU's executive voted unanimously to support shifting its action planned on 1 March to coincide with the 28 March strike.

As part of the build up to further strikes the UCU will be carrying out a campaigning survey of members to win support for action on 28 March.

Like the NUT and the PCS the UCU will not be carrying out a statutory ballot—the executive agreed that the heads of agreement offer from the government on 19 December did not represent a significant improvement. 

Mark Campbell, the left candidate in the election for the general secretary of the UCU said, “It's fantastic that united union action is finally back on the cards in defence of our pensions. We now need to go back to our branches and build for the biggest possible turnout on 28 March..”

Activists have to get out and build big branch meetings backing the 28 March and the biggest possible yes to action in the survey.

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