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UCU shows that small unions can pack a punch

Issue No. 2306

Lecturers in the UCU union will discuss the next steps in their pensions campaign at their annual congress in Manchester this weekend.

Some in the union, including general secretary Sally Hunt, are arguing for a retreat, claiming it was a mistake for lecturers to join the most recent pensions strike in May.

But many disagree. Lorraine Agu from Leeds Metropolitan University told Socialist Worker, “Most people are angry at the attacks on pensions and education. Our pensions are not gold-plated­—mine is around £8,000 a year.

“We have to take more action and get more unions involved. United strikes can have a massive impact.”

Darren Hill, also from Leeds, agrees. He said the government’s attacks are “galvanising rank and file support” for taking action among lecturers.

“For a small union, we have packed a punch,” he said.

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