70 Members of the UCU and their supporters held a demonstration outside the University of East London’s (UEL) Stratford campus in a series of actions to demand respect, equality and the management to step down over their relentless assaults on terms and conditions, heavy workloads and bullying.
They were joined by Unite and Unison members, as well as students and UCU members from institutions across London.
The message was clear that the UCU wont back down and will continue to mount pressure on the management. The dispute looks likely to escalate after workers have voted for a string of strikes and action short of strikes.
UEL is at the cutting edge of attacks in higher education with a ruthless management making a host of cuts and redundancies, Mark Campbell a lecturer at London Metropolitan University said that ‘management teams across the sector are watching UEL with a beady eye’ and that ’if they can succeed it will open up the pathway across the sector’ for further restructuring and marketisation.
‘The next step from here is 2 days strike action followed by 4 in the autumn term’ said Jauqui Mitchell the UCU branch chair at UEL, the call was supported by a unite official, who will also ballot their members at the institution and students said they unilaterally support strike action by workers.