UCU union members at Salford University began a four-day strike on Tuesday of this week against victimisations.
They are defending two union members who were sacked last December and refused the right of appeal.
The union believes they were sacked because of their union roles.
One striker told Socialist Worker, “It looks like they’re trying to get rid of all the union officers.
“A harm to one is a harm to all.”
Another added, “We have to break the silence about what’s happening to workers.
“There’s no party to do this so we have to protect workers.
“Stress levels are through the roof. People refer to our UCU office as witness protection.”
The experience of the dispute has changed people.
As one picket put it, “A couple of years ago I wasn’t very political.
“But this is about people we know, and it’s painful to see how they are treated.”
Strikers added that this is an issue for workers everywhere.
“We need a national demonstration against victimisation,” said one striker.
“This is a local dispute of national importance. Strikes can push it forward.”