London universities will likely be hit by one other spherical of strikes in February

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14 London universities may face up to 10 days of work stoppages and a student strike

The UCU has announced dates for industrial action in February that will affect 14 London universities.

From February 14th to 18th there will be strikes for USS pensions, from February 28th to March 2nd there will be strikes for the UCU four-fights, while on February 21st and 22nd there will be joint actions by both. This means that depending on what staff are fighting for, colleges could see up to 10 days of strikes over the next month. A student strike organized by the National Union of Students (NUS) will also take place on the final day, March 2nd.

UCU Secretary General said Jo Grady: “This wave of strikes is a fight for the future of higher education, and staff are proud to stand with students in the fight for an education system that treats students and staff with respect.”

BREAKING: 68 universities will face up to 10 days of UK strikes from February

There is still time to prevent disruption, but employers must drop their pension cuts and take long-overdue action on pay and working conditions#OneOfUsAllOfUshttps://t.co/YPzrRxvMF4

— UCU (@ucu) January 27, 2022

London universities already endured three days of strikes last December, during which UCU said it intended “to escalate its disputes over the next term” unless university employers respond and address their concerns.

This includes a suggestion 35 percent cut on employee pensions and the Four Fights about “a 20 percent reduction in real wages over the past 12 years, unmanageable workloads, wage inequality, and the use of exploitative and insecure contracts.”

The UCU has presented suggestions who can avert the February strikes if accepted by their employers. But for now the disputes remain unresolved and the following London uni will be on strike on these dates:

Birkbeck, U of L (USS and Four Fights) – February 14-18, February 21-22, February 28-March 2

City, U of L (USS and Four Fights) – February 14-18, February 21-22, February 28-March 2

Goldsmiths, U of L (USS and Four Fights) – February 14-18, February 21-22, February 28-March 2

Imperial (USS) – February 14-18, February 21-22

KCL (USS and Four Fights) -14. to February 18th, February 21st and 22nd, February 28th to March 2nd

LSE (USS and Four Fights) -14. to February 18th, February 21st and 22nd, February 28th to March 2nd

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (USS and Four Fights) -14. to February 18th, February 21st and 22nd, February 28th to March 2nd

Queen Mary, U of L (USS and Four Fights) -14. to February 18th, February 21st and 22nd, February 28th to March 2nd

Royal College of Art (Four Fights) – 21st & 22nd February, 28th February – 2nd March

Royal Holloway, U of L (USS and Four Fights) -14. to February 18th, February 21st and 22nd, February 28th to March 2nd

SOAS, U of L (USS and Four Fights) -14. to February 18th, February 21st and 22nd, February 28th to March 2nd

UAL (Fourfights) – February 21st & 22nd, February 28th – March 2nd

UCL (Fourathlon) – February 21st & 22nd, February 28th – March 2nd

University of Westminster (Four Fights) – February 21st & 22nd, February 28th – March 2nd

These will be in addition to the measures just before a strike (ASOS), such as. B. Not accepting voluntary teaching positions that began last December and are expected to continue through May. Other actions, such as a Nationwide tagging and rating boycottcan happen if demands after these strikes are still not met.

UCU General Secretary Jo Grady described February’s actions as “a damning indictment of the way our universities are being run [leaves staff] no choice but to go back outside.”

The AU of L lecturer reiterated this to The London Tab last December, when he said, “All academics care deeply about the education of their students, but as universities reduce spending on staff, our workloads are growing beyond nominal working hours.”

And it seems like many students are sympathetic to their struggles, even though strikes interfere with learning. NUS President Larissa Kennedy said: “Student unions and student organizers have a proud tradition of standing in solidarity with staff and we saw this in action across the country in December.”

Many London student unions that did not support the previous strikes, such as student union UCL and KCLSU, have recently done so as well changed her attitude support campaigns this year.

The NUS President stated: “As students we are very aware that the working conditions of the employees are our learning conditions. The same education system that forces students into food banks exploits staff on insecure contracts, some even having to sleep in tents while they grade our essays. The same system that creates pay gaps that affect colored students creates pay gaps that affect colored employees.

“We will continue to stand by employees in their struggles because nothing about this broken system is inevitable.”

On March 2, a student strike organized by the NUS takes place.

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