GCU unions re-grouping to consider how best to take pensions and conditions fight further

The national executives of three of the unions at GCU have decided in the last week against strike action in the immediate future but are continuing to demand that the scandalous situation regarding their members pay and pensions be resolved by employers and government.
On 21st March the national executive of Unite decided to suspend their ‘industrial action short of strike’ which had consisted of working to contract  following the imposition of the 2011 pay and conditions set out in the offer from UCEA. The union intends this suspension to allow for constructive negotiations to take place and is specifically for the period of the 2012 New JNCHES negotiations from 30 March until end of May 2012.
If a settlement on the 2011 disputed matters is not made within the defined period above, then unite warns that the industrial action may be reapplied.
This follows on the UCU National Executive decision that members in Scotland and Northern Ireland will NOT be asked to strike on 28th March, although they have called a one-day strike and demonstration by London TPS members on the 28th.  UCU Members outside of London are asked to show solidarity with colleagues by attending any local rallies or events if they can.
On the 15th March it was announced that the executive of the EIS had suspended strike action on 28th March over pensions.
In a ballot of EIS members, 74% had indicated that they would be prepared to take strike action over pensions, however the union said its lobbying on the issue had “borne fruit” with the Scottish government and local authorities agreeing to negotiate with teachers’ representatives.
EIS general secretary Ronnie Smith said: “The EIS Executive meeting today decided that entering into negotiation with the Scottish government and employers offers the opportunity to find a Scottish solution to pension provision.
They went on to warn that “The EIS is clear that further future action will be contemplated if satisfactory progress in pensions cannot be achieved in Scotland.”

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