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June, 2011:

30th June: Birmingham strike rally poster

Here is a poster advertising the strike rally in Birmingham on June 30th. Please use it around your institutions and the local area to build support.

June 30th: Birmingham strike rally meeting place

We are encouraging all UCU members attending the strike rally in Birmingham city centre on June 30th to meet outside Alpha Tower (postcode B1 1TT) at 11.30am so that we can travel together to the rally.

June 30th: Birmingham strike rally cally for stewards

UCU has agreed to provide 10 stewards for this event.  You would need to be able to attend a briefing in Birmingham at 10.30am on June 30th.

If you would like more information, or you would like to volunteer, please contact Joe Rooney on JRooney@ucu.org.uk or 0121 634 7382.

June 30th: Gloucester strike rally

There will be a joint NUT/ATL/UCU/PCS rally in Gloucester.  It will start at 10.30am and end at 2pm.

It will be held at the Bandstand in Gloucester Park (GL1 4UF) and arrangements are being made for speakers and music.  Parking will be pay and display in side roads.

The NUT’s Gloucestershire Division is taking the lead in organising this rally.  UCU branches are encouraged to make contact with John Pemberthy, Divisional Secretary, by email to secretary@gloucestershire.nut.org.uk or by phone to 01594 560105 or 07825 225889.


June 30th: Wolverhampton strike rally

10-45am to 11-15am outside Metro ONE (by the tram stop, opposite police station) in Wolverhampton centre.

There will be short speeches from local trade unions and leafleting of the public.

Then strikers will travel to Birmingham for the huge regional rally. PCS, NUT, ATL and UCU strikers will be joined by the 10,000 UNISON Birmingham manual workers also expected to strike on June 30th over cuts to weekend rates for low paid manual workers.

assemble at 12 noon in Victoria Square, Birmingham for a march expected to leave at 12.30, followed by a rally with speakers..

June 30th – strike for pensions!

We have received confirmation today that all branches in Adult Education, Further Education, and post-92 Higher Education will be going on strike on Thursday 30th June alongside members of the schoolteachers’ unions ATL and NUT, in defence of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.  PCS (the civil service union) will also be taking industrial action on that day.

There is a briefing about the issues on our website at http://www.ucu.org.uk/media/pdf/8/1/ucu_tpsbriefing_jun11.pdf

If you wish to direct colleagues towards a tool to see how much they stand to lose under the proposed changes, please give them this link to our TPS Calculator: http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=5212

With that in mind, it is time to start preparing for the day of action two weeks from today.  Branches could be sorting out picketing rotas and liaising with local colleagues from ATL, NUT and/or PCS in the build-up, as well as attempting to contact members face-to-face to encourage them to come out on strike.  If you would like some help with this, please get in touch by email to JRooney@ucu.org.uk or by phoning the regional office.

There will also be several events during the day.  The biggest will be the cross-union rally starting at midday in Birmingham city centre, which will include a march through the city centre.  Several “feeder demonstrations” have been organised, for example in Wolverhampton (meet 10.45am outside Metro One before travelling en masse to Birmingham at 11.15am).  As and when we get more details of these, we will publicise them to you.  There will also be a rally in Worcester city centre, details of which will follow.

If you would like to hold a members’ meeting in your branch in the run-up to this day of action, and would like my support in doing so or in finding a speaker for it, please get in touch ASAP.

Colleagues in pre-92 Higher Education branches will not be out on strike on June 30th, but we would encourage you to send messages of support to local branches that will be on strike, and also to attend one of the rallies if at all possible.

If you have any further comments or questions, please get in touch as soon as possible!