The lecturers’ UCU union held a special higher education committee on Friday of last week. It followed a successful walkout by UCU, Unison, EIS and Unite union members on Tuesday of last week.
The action, against below-inflation pay deals, hit colleges and universities across Britain. The success of the strike showed workers’ willingness to fight.
Jo is a Unite member at the University of Leeds. She told Socialist Worker, “We had a lot of solidarity. People are discussing taking action in January during exams. There’s a real sense that this is a serious campaign.”
Jake Douglas is joint branch secretary of the UCU at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London. He said, “The strike was very solid. I’m feeling more confident than I have for a long time.”
Max Watson, a Unison member at London Metropolitan University, said last week’s walkout was stronger than a previous strike in October. He told a rally in London, “We’re not going to give up.”
Unions have not yet announced their next steps. The further education committee of the UCU is set to meet in January. But many workers clearly want to see escalating action and a serious campaign that can win.