Members of the lecturers’ union, UCU, at London South Bank University (LSBU) are asking for your support at a mass lobby of the Board of Governors meeting, calling on the university to reverse its decision to withdraw from national pay bargaining. The lobby will take place on Thursday 14 July, from 3.00pm onwards outside the university (South Bank Technopark) in London Rd, SE1. (Nearest Tube: Elephant and Castle, see http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/about/maps.shtml)
LSBU is the first university to pull out of national pay negotiations, threatening to undercut our wages and inhibit future staff recruitment. Already, incomes for staff at LSBU now lag behind other universities.
But this local dispute also has national significance: the government’s marketisation of Higher Education, which is happening at break-neck speed, will be made infinitely easier if national bargaining disappears. Incomes and wider terms of employment across the whole of higher education will then be under even greater threat.
We have taken strike action to put pressure on the Board of Governors to reverse its decision – on 29 June lecturers’ work inside the university was at a virtual standstill. Not only was the strike well-supported, 50 members joined the picket lines, but messages of support came from across the country and the trade union movement – including branches of the FBU, RMT, NUT, PCS, UNITE, UNISON, and POA.
COME ALONG AND SUPPORT US!
The Board of Governors meeting on Thursday 14 July provides the next opportunity for UCU members to make their point. We welcome support from local trade unions and campaign and anti-cuts groups at our lobby. If you can’t attend, messages of support would be very welcome. Please send messages to Adrian Budd, UCU Branch Secretary, at email@example.com.
Thursday 14 July
South Bank Technopark, London Rd, SE1 6LN