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March 5th, 2020:

Strike update 5.3.2020

Multistorey picket line 5.3.2020

Solid support on the picket lines and chatting with staff and students explaining about the reasons behind our action.

We had several organising meetings in Wivenhoe. Thanks to all the venues that are hosting us. There have been student teach-outs and banner making sessions too.

There will be a Feminist Picket Line at EBS on Mon 9 March to mark International Women’s Day which this year falls on Sunday 8 March.

There is also going to be a picket line to raise the issues around casualisation (watch this space either Wed 11 or Thurs 12 March)

If you would like to contribute to any of the working groups please contact the lead for that group listed below:

Workload – Peter Patrick –
Casualisation – Ayse Sargin –
Equality – Jak Peake –
Environment – Jane Hindley –
People Supporting Strategy – Cathy Crawford –
International Women’s Day – Ayse Sargin –

Please do get in touch to contribute your ideas and perspectives so that the demands we generate are as relevant as possible to you and your colleagues.

See our twitter feed @UCUEssex for photos from our picket lines.

Please email if you wish to be added to the picket rota for next few week.

In the meantime, Jo Grady has sent out an email today which is very encouraging regarding national negotiations.

GTA Forum 6 March 12pm

UCU Feminist Picket Mon 9 March, EBS picket line

March 8th is International Women’s Day.

March 9th will be the UCU Feminist Picket, co-ordinated with a number of other universities nationwide.
What: A chance to talk about feminism, women’s movements globally, and gender in higher education, as well as to sing songs, maybe even dance, and participate in an international demonstration of solidarity.
Where: The EBS picket line.
When: Monday, 9th March, 2020, from 8am
How can I help: easy! 
First of all, wear RED. We’d like to have as many people as possible wearing red on all three picket lines.
Secondly, if you identify as a woman, think about any stories you might like to share – there is an open invitation for speeches and songs!
Thirdly, make a placard – something visible – with a message about feminism or women’s equality*, in education or around the world.
Fourthly – invite your friends! Let’s get people down from across the university community, and not just from the UCU!
Finally – the European symbol for International Women’s Day is the carnation. If you are able, pick up a bunch of cheap and cheerful carnations to share out amongst all the button-holes of the branch!
Looking forward to seeing many of you, dressed in your Reddest Best, on Monday!
In solidarity,

Dr Jordan Savage

Lecturer in United States Literature

Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies
University of Essex