A packed branch meeting of the UCU union at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) voted unanimously to ballot for strikes against the victimisation of union officers last week.
Members spoke of their outrage at management’s treatment of the UCU branch and its arrogant attitude to employee relations. Management has withdrawn from the regular cycle meetings with the trade union. It has also refused to enter into talks to resolve the dispute.
Student activists addressed the meeting and called on UCU to join them in defending education.
The feeling at the meeting was enough is enough. The suspension of Ian Parker, a UCU officer, had been the last straw. Lecturers speak of a climate of fear and intimidation—and they want to fight back.
Pura Ariza, branch secretary, MMU UCU
Over 30 teachers joined picket lines at Connaught School for Girls in Leytonstone, east London, on Wednesday and Thursday of last week.
It was the third walkout by NUT union members against plans to turn the school into an academy. NASUWT union members are also balloting for strikes.
Teachers at Stratford Academy struck on the same days. The NUT and NASUWT members are fighting pay cuts imposed for taking part in action short of a strike. They began a three-day walkout on Tuesday of this week.