|Please sign up to the UCU Solidarity Movement Activist Conference and Emergency Student Staff Assembly
Following the brilliant victory against compulsory redundancies at Heriot-Watt University and the student occupation in Manchester, UCU Solidarity Movement has called this event to bring together UCU and student activists in the fight for education.
With the whole system increasingly in crisis, we are witnessing the re-emergence of a student movement against a marketised education system alongside a growing number of UCU branches balloting for action over unsafe workplaces and redundancies.
Please get your branch or committee to consider backing this conference by raising the model motion below.
MOTION: Support the UCU Activists Conference
This branch notes
- that Covid-19 and lockdown conditions have not prevented UCU branches from organising online
- that Further Education has not been permitted to switch to wholly online teaching and has seen Covid-19 cases rise
- the success of industrial action ballots in stopping redundancies at Heriot-Watt University, and new ballots elsewhere opposing redundancies
- growing student anger over dishonest marketing of “open” campuses, with initial protests turning into a rent strike movement
- the impact of Black Lives Matter campaigns in wider society raising radical demands for access and decolonising curricula
- the unfortunate postponement of UCU Congress
- the success of the UCU Solidarity Movement, organised as a network of UCU branches, in bringing staff and student activists together
This branch resolves
- to support the UCU Solidarity Movement activist conference and student/staff assembly on Saturday 28 November, to organise a delegation and to encourage members to participate. Registration details are here : https://bit.ly/2JUTtHB