UCU strikes continue – Marxist student solidarity

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This week is seeing staff at 44 universities across the UK go on strike as part of their campaign for a decent pay increase, an end to zero-hour contracts and a closing of the gender pay gap. Already the University of the Arts London, the University of West London and the University of Aberdeen have had staff walk out this week.

Tomorrow (Thursday 30 June) staff at the following universities will be on strike and Marxist students will be supporting staff wherever we can:

Bishop Grosseteste University

University of Derby

University of Cambridge

Brunel University

King’s College London

London School of Economics

Courtauld Institute of Art

Royal Academy of Music

Royal Veterinary College

University of Westminster

Queen Mary, University of London

Royal College of Art

Royal College of Music

Royal Holloway

St George’s, University of London

Queen’s University Belfast

St Mary’s University College Belfast

Stranmillis University College

Ulster University

University of Bolton

Royal Northern College of Music

Robert Gordon University

University for the Creative Arts

University of Surrey

Bournemouth University

University of Portsmouth

Falmouth University

Cardiff Metropolitan University

University of Wales

University of Gloucestershire

Harper Adams University

Staffordshire University

University College Birmingham

University of Worcester

Royal Agricultural University

Sheffield Hallam University

University of South Wales

Stay tuned tomorrow for updates from the picket lines. Marxist students will be encouraging our staff to stand firm against the pathetic 1% pay offer after a 15% real terms cut in recent years. To strengthen the struggle and guarantee victory it’s essential that UCU make the most of plans to link up with other unions in the education sector, such as the NUT, but also to spread the action beyond just one sector and incorporate all those workers whose living standards are currently under attack.

The Tory government is currently in crisis and united strike action, building up to a general strike as soon as possible, would bring down this government. With hundreds of thousands backing Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party we could then force a general election in which a Corbyn-led Labour Party would be victorious. This would mark a significant victory for UCU members and the working class as a whole. This is the strategy the union should adopt, starting with the staff taking strike action this week.

Solidarity with our staff on strike!
For a general strike to finish off this government!
Corbyn’s Labour to power on a socialist programme!