Student strike solidarity: 31st October

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Post details of what you’re doing on your campus below or email them to [email protected]om

On October 31st (i.e. Halloween), all major trade unions in higher education will be taking coordinated strike action in defence of pay – which is facing yet another year of real terms cuts. Together with the postal worker strikes called by the Communication Workers Union (CWU), the action taken yesterday by teachers and strikes by the Fire Brigade Union (FBU), these strikes have the potential to reignite alevel of resistance to austerity and cuts not seen since the pensions dispute of 2011.

We will be standing shoulder to shoulder with our staff as they take industrial action and asking students not to cross the picket lines – and we will continue to do so if they take action for longer than the usual model of one-day strikes. Those on strike will be fighting not just for decent pay and conditions, but for the future of education as a public service.

Trick or Treat!

University staff in UCU, Unite and Unison (representing teachers, lecturers, admin and ancillary staff) have voted for strike action, and this Halloween they’ll be striking over a real-terms 13% cut in their pay.

Students won’t stand for these ghoulish tricks from the government, and so supporters of the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts will be organising visits to picket lines at Universities and Higher Education institutions in their towns and cities, as well as getting involved in rallies and demos with striking workers.

We’ll start publishing information on local events here and on, so send an email to [email protected] with the details of your local action, and we’ll get it advertised.

What Can You Do?

1. Join your staff on the picket lines. If you don’t know about strikes in your area, get in touch with us and we’ll put you in touch. Make a Facebook event and send it to us, we’ll get the info out there!

Get your best Halloween costumes on and go ‘trick or treating’ to your local picket (maybe give the treats to the workers and save your tricks for the bosses) – placards featuring puns about the ‘axing’ of pay or of management ‘sucking the life out of education’, ‘a living wage for the living dead’, ‘don’t force us to eat brains’ etc are all welcome.

2. Join local strike rallies and demonstrations on the day – these will be happening across the country after pickets finish in the mid morning.

3. Get organised and contact workers on your campus! Organise a meeting before the 31st about how students and workers can work together to fight cuts to higher education – cuts are happening to teaching staff, to pay, to courses, and all the while tuition fees go up and up.


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