Unison UoB members are set to take further strike action this week in their campaign to make the University of Birmingham a real Living Wage employer, secure a fair pay rise and persuade management to negotiate with all campus trade unions on a range of issues. Strike action is expected to last for two days (Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 July).
Picket lines are scheduled from 4.30am, ahead of the peak journey to work period of 7.30am onwards. There will be rallies taking place by the University station at 11am on both Tuesday and Wednesday. All staff are able to attend, whether you are taking strike action or not. If you are not taking part in the action you will need to fit this around your other commitments.
Birmingham UCU has previously shared information about individuals’ right not to cross a picket line and passed a solidarity motion at our recent GMM in support of our support staff colleagues. If you are not able to take part in the action itself, BUCU encourages you to contribute to the strike fund which is being used to reimburse low paid staff as the University makes deductions from their pay for taking part in the action: https://uk.gofundme.com/uob-unison-strike-fund
What’s at stake?
In order to understand what is at stake in this dispute we want all members to watch this video of support staff reading an open letter to the Vice Chancellor, explaining how tough it is to get by on what they earn at the University and challenging senior management to live off low pay for a month. You are also asked to sign their open letter in the link below:
[Sign!] University of Birmingham support staff member challenges senior management to live off low pay for a month