Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/13808

Posted on 13 February 2012 at 16:22 GMT

30th November, UCU pickets outside London School of Economics, photo Paul Mattsson, photo Paul Mattsson

30th November, UCU pickets outside London School of Economics, photo Paul Mattsson, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Lecturers in colleges and 'post-92' universities will join 28 March pensions strike

Socialist Party members in UCU

Post-16 education is currently under a serious onslaught from the Con-Dem coalition. Students are suffering from cuts to EMA in further education (FE) and 9,000 annual fees in higher education (HE), and at the same time staff, represented by the University and College Union (UCU) are facing attacks on their pensions, alongside other public-sector workers.

UCU represents staff who are members of two pensions schemes: the teachers' TPS scheme in FE and the 'post-92' universities (mainly former polytechnics); and USS in the 'pre-92' universities.

TPS members of UCU have decided to take joint industrial action with NUT and PCS on 28 March, which is a great step forward.

Unfortunately, USS members have seen their current work-to-contract industrial action suspended after narrowly voting to suspend industrial action and enter into negotiations (see report in last week's Socialist) but only on the condition of a range of concessions being made by employers, in particular around the way in which negotiations are conducted.

These conditions, however, have been ignored by elements within the national leadership resulting in the immediate and unconditional suspension of the USS dispute, contrary to the wishes of conference.

The employers' aggressive attacks on USS mean that its conditions for new entrants are now worse than those likely to be won for TPS through united action.

UCU pickets at Bradford University, photo Iain Dalton

UCU pickets at Bradford University, photo Iain Dalton   (Click to enlarge)

The argument that pre-92 employers will match the pensions available at post-92 universities has been used as an argument for suspension of action, but Socialist Party members support continued united action by all of UCU together with other public-sector unions as the way to win the best deal for all workers.

There is no economic necessity for any pension cuts, beyond the favours owed by the Tories and Liberals to the 'markets' - in reality City fat cats - that demand it.

UCU members see this, but their anger over pensions has been partially squandered over the last few years under the leadership of Sally Hunt.

While this has had a major impact on the confidence of members to fight, serious action could still win.

The election of key officers in UCU is taking place against this background. The UCU Left is standing candidates, most prominently Mark Campbell for general secretary and Angie McConnell for vice president, who will have the support of Socialist Party members in UCU.

We have criticisms of the UCU Left, for example over its internal democracy and recent votes to 'name a date' for further strike action independently of other trade unions.

However, we do not accept the arguments of the (mainly Labour-supporting) 'UCU Independent Broad Left' for backing Sally Hunt.

Our ultimate goal in UCU is to replicate the successes of PCS Left Unity, which unites the serious forces on the left to provide an effective, fighting union leadership.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.






Related links:

UCU:

triangleManchester lecturers walk out

triangleStriking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

triangleUniversity of Leeds workers walk out

triangleEscalate summer strike wave into coordinated action to defeat the pay cap

triangleFight university's 'sackers' charter'

Lecturers:

triangleWelsh college strike against crippling workload

triangleSocialist Students: growing, brimming with confidence

triangleCampaigning Socialist Students groups needed to hold student unions to account

triangleWorkplace news in brief

Strike:

triangleSheffield Eastern Ave Job Centre strike ends

triangleVirgin train workers vote for strike action over pay

trianglePlymouth PCS members fight relocation threat

Universities:

triangleInterview with leader of students' union in the Spanish state: "When we fight, we win!"

triangleStudent occupation at Chelsea College of Arts

Pensions:

triangleRoyal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

Education:

triangleMarch for free education! We demand a future!

College:

triangleWe can win the vote at 16!

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

15/11/17

Prisons

4,800 young people hurt after officers 'restrain' them

15/11/17

Preston

Is cuts-making Preston 'beating Tory austerity'?

15/11/17

Housing

No more excuses: fit sprinklers now!

15/11/17

What we saw

What we saw

15/11/17

Energy

We're freezing: reverse cuts to boiler replacement schemes!

15/11/17

Tories

Tories on the brink - kick them out!

14/11/17

Socialist

Socialism 2017: Organising to fight back

8/11/17

What we saw

What we saw

8/11/17

Child poverty

Child poverty set to hit 5.2m - unions and Corbyn must act now

8/11/17

Young people

We can win the vote at 16!

8/11/17

Women

Bosses say 217 years to close pay gap - workers' struggle can close it now!

8/11/17

Women

Westminster sexual harassment scandal

8/11/17

Students

Walk out against tuition fees on Budget Day!

8/11/17

Tax

PFI privateers dodge tax

7/11/17

Tax

'Paradise' for billionaires - austerity for us

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle15 Nov March for free education! We demand a future!

triangle15 Nov Tories on the brink - kick them out!

Socialism 2017

triangle14 Nov Socialism 2017: Organising to fight back

triangle13 Nov Strike wave continues with 49 walkout days by housing workers

triangle10 Nov US: Historic vote for Ginger Jentzen campaign in Minneapolis

triangle10 Nov Strikers picket the South Western Railway network

triangle10 Nov Europe in crisis, revolutionary winds in Catalonia

More ...

triangle20 Nov Birmingham Central Socialist Party: How can socialists support upcoming strikes?

triangle21 Nov Cardiff Socialist Students: Socialism and the struggle for LGBT rights

triangle21 Nov Birmingham South East Socialist Party: NHS in Meltdown - What can be done?

triangle21 Nov Sheffield North Socialist Party: The causes of capitalist crisis

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2