Several of our striking members are on low-paid, casualised, precarious contracts for whom the loss of pay is a huge sacrifice. We are asking you to donate to the Strathclyde UCU Strike Solidarity Hardship Fund to help our striking branch members who are most in need.
Any donation - big or small - to support striking workers in struggle is greatly appreciated.
Please share this on social media, tagging @StrathclydeUCU on Twitter and using the hashtag #UCUStrikesBack. For any queries not answered in the below FAQ, please contact [email redacted].uk.
Why are we striking?
UCU members are taking strike action on two separate but related issues: USS pensions, and pay and equality. Over the past ten years, we’ve seen pay in the higher education sector fall by almost 20% in real terms (measured by RPI). At the same time, workloads have been on the rise, as has the number of workers employed on precarious or zero-hour contracts. The effects of these changes are unevenly distributed across university staff, while also exacerbating the already existing pay gaps for women, BAME, and disabled staff. Many university staff - including us at Strathclyde - are being forced to make higher contributions into their USS pensions, amounting to another pay-cut. This is based on the same spurious methodology that invented a fictional deficit in the pension scheme in 2018, when we were also forced to take industrial action. Together, falling pay and rising pension costs are unsustainable and unfair. (Paragraph adapted from Cambridge UCU)
What is striking / industrial action?
Striking means that we withdraw our labour - we do not go to work or do work. Strikes are used as a 'last resort', as in this case, when negotiations with employers and representative bodies have not reached an equitable nor acceptable conclusion. When a worker goes on strike, they do not get paid for the duration of the strike - in this case, it is 8 working days. This is a big sacrifice and can cause substantial financial difficulties for members (and, for many, their financial dependents too). We therefore ask you to donate to the Strathclyde UCU Strike Solidarity Hardship Fund for the striking members of Strathclyde UCU who require financial support.
What will the money be used for?
The Strathclyde UCU Strike Solidarity Hardship Fund will be used to support striking members of Strathclyde UCU who require additional financial support (alongside the national UCU Fighting Fund). Taking part in industrial action and forgoing pay is difficult for everyone, yet can be particularly financially challenging for those on casualised, precarious and fractional contracts (e.g. zero-hours, hourly paid, part-time, fixed-term), low earners, people with financial dependents, and those with higher living costs relating to disability, etc.
Can I donate in cash?
Yes! You can drop by the Strathclyde UCU office at the entrance to Livingstone Tower (26 Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 1XN) between 8am and 11am on any of the strike days (25-29 Nov, 2-4 Dec). We have a coffee machine and a kettle if you fancy a cuppa while you're here.
Why do we need a local Fighting Fund?
There is some limited and time-delayed support available from the UCU national fund. However, it does not meet all of the costs in a timely manner for those strongly dependent upon monthly income. the aim of the Strathclyde UCU Strike Solidarity Hardship Fund is to provide additional financial assistance to striking members in the most need.
Thanks everyone for you support and solidarity!
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