Motion on Industrial Action Strategy

This branch acknowledges the need to fight back against increasing casualisation, damaging workloads, antiquated gender and race pay gaps and a decade long erosion of our pay. This branch notes the decision by the HEC to coordinate ballot distribution and strike days for the Four Fights and USS disputes. This strategy allowed for UCU’s most successful ballot turnout results on pay ever and led to eight days of impactful strike actions which is empowering our national negotiators.

This branch recognises the need to increase pressure at this point and that in order to win we have to keep escalating our industrial strategy. This branch supports this existing strategy towards our two ongoing disputes in HE, and believes that strike action in pursuit of the Four Fights should:

  1. Continue to escalate simultaneously with action over USS and;
  2. Start this escalation by taking the 14 days of strike action endorsed by the HESC in December 2019;
  3. Seek to make more transparent the ongoing negotiations, by including daily reports from negotiating meetings sent to all members