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Well, that’s the second week of this phase of industrial action over!

One of the strongest pickets yet saw a colourful and noisy celebration of our demands in front of the main gate today. We also got tremendous support from passing cars, lorries, Fire Engines, and even a police car, thanks to … Continue reading

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Spirits high on day three of our Industrial Action

The local Public Service Union PCS were a welcome addition to today’s picket line with Lindsay Morgan and Magnus Hughson bringing along their local banner. And from early on we also had the welcome support from the newly formed Student … Continue reading

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UCU still strong on day seven

The last three days since our previous post have been full of activity. With appearances of MSPs and MPs from Labour and SNP, our General Secretary Jo Grady, marches with Strathclyde UCU and finally our noisy presence at the fantastic … Continue reading

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And it’s goodnight from them….

Once again thanks to the Communications Workers Union, no mail delivered. Today this was joined by a helpful driver from Initial services…. Unfortunate to note however  that the suppliers for Baxter Storey the caterers were somewhat less sympathetic. That’s a … Continue reading

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Second day of action, and still going strong

Whistles, pooches and leaflets and stickers for graduates plus an alternative University Mission statement all made their appearance on today’s picket line. Together with some great solidarity photos from our GCU students at GCU London and some twitter activity towards … Continue reading

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GCU students discuss strike action with UCU

A packed meeting of GCU Student Voice discussed the impact of the current strike action on the evening of the first day with Douglas Chalmers, VP of the UCU locally and President of the UCU at UK level. Douglas outlined … Continue reading

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UCU Strike Action launched for better pay, and action against pay gap, casualisation, and too heavy workloads

With solidarity bacon and veggie butties from Unison, chocolate cakes from security guards,  a coffee cart from the Student full-timers, passing cars  honking their horns in support, and both the Royal Mail and Paper deliveries turning back in solidarity, picketing … Continue reading

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GCU Students Union issue statement of support for UCU industrial action

The University and College Union at GCU today welcomed the statement of support from GCU students regarding the forthcoming industrial action 25th – 29th November and 2nd – 4th December. The statement from the GCU Student officers is reproduced here: … Continue reading

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Why the UCU will be on strike from 25th November

Statement from the UCU:  All members of GCU staff who are members of the University and College Union (UCU) will be on strike through the whole of week 10 (Monday 25th – Friday 29th November), and then Monday 2nd December … Continue reading

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Highlights from the UCU LGBT+ Research conference

Mel McKenna,  UCU@GCU               I recently attended the 2019 LGBT+ research conference at the University of Manchester and wanted to share the highlights with GCU branch members. The conference packed a lot into a … Continue reading

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