In this “post-lockdown” economy most of the developed world is facing the worst labour shortages since the late 1990s. Workers are facing rapidly rising inflation and huge increases in the cost of living beginning to bite into workers’ pay; along with a continuation of over eighteen months of exhausting pandemic working conditions, some outright dangerous. In the face of these crises, workers are increasingly moving to challenge their bosses and are becoming galvanised, at least at a workplace level, to demand increased wages and better working conditions.
Ballots and strike action can’t be turned on and off like a tap. A consistent campaign, with enough time to get high enough turnouts in ballots and build sufficiently for strike action, should be a basic starting point. Unfortunately, despite many rank and file activists in UCU wanting this, them general secretary and the leadership of the union are not delivering. Motions passed at the Special HE conference for a longer ballot period and for the USS and Four Fights were not implemented by the executive, for example.
From 1st – 3rd December, academic staff at 58 universities across the UK – including Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University – will take strike action over cuts to pensions and pay, pay inequality, excessive workloads and increasing casualisation on campuses. On the basis of a faulty valuation of the […]
While an official announcement has yet to be made, multiple sources have now confirmed that Sharon Graham has won the election to become the general secretary of Unite the Union. Socialist Alternative members send our congratulations to Sharon, for whose candidacy we mobilised support.