Essex Strike Pickets and Programme: 21-25 March

Every day during the strikes: Pickets until 10.30am

Locations: EBS entrance, Sports Centre entrance and entrance to Wivenhoe House hotel.

If you’re new to picketing and would like a picket buddy to accompany you to the picket please feel free to email us (Dave) here.  Sign up to the rota here or just come along!

Monday 21st March: Casualisation 

8.15am – 10.30am: Pickets

Please join us on the pickets for a strong showing on the first day.

‘Profs against Precarity Picket’ at EBS Picket

We are asking senior staff to join us on the pickets in a show of solidarity with insecure and casualised staff.

10.30am (EBS picket) – Picket Rally: Ending Casualisation in Higher Education

Tuesday 22nd March: Equalities

8.30am – 10.30am: Pickets

11.30am Teach Out: Decolonising the Classroom (Theory & Cake) at the Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel St North, Colchester, CO2 7AT; Tel: 01206 366000.

Join Nora, Natasha, and Lizzie for a special ‘teach out’ version of Theory and Cake. It is important to note that we are not experts, and this will be exploratory. Doing the reading is helpful, but not necessary. What we want is enthusiasm, ideas, and people who like cake.

Readings:

Arora, Swati, “A Manifesto to Decentre Theatre and Performance Studies.” Studies in Theatre and Performance, vol. 4, no. 1, 2021, pp. 12-20.

Bala, Sruti, “Decolonising Theatre and Performance Studies: Tales from the Classroom.” Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies, vol. 20, no. 3, 2017, pp. 333-345. 

Wednesday 23rd March: Why has a sub-group of Council elected to slash my pension?

8.15am – 10.30am: Pickets, followed by a march to Park Road

From 10.30am: Applicant Day Picket/Rally at Park Road Picket

USS Dispute: What comes next?

3pm Teach Out: ‘The Neoliberal University’ Reading Group Session 

Matt Bennett will lead this reading group teach out, open to students and staff. Reading the text in advance is encouraged. 

We’ll discuss Stefan Collini’s ‘Browne’s Gamble’, London Review of Books 2010, available online here: https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v32/n21/stefan-collini/browne-s-gamble 

Zoom link: https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/93794661462?pwd=L05aL3FKSHBqaWF4RDY3Ym85WFpzdz09

If you have questions about this event, please email Matthew Bennett at mp.matthew@gmail.com.

Thursday 24th March: Pay and the Cost of Living Crisis

Rest Day – No morning Picket 

12 noon: The Stopping Picnic, Castle Park (near the bandstand)

A picnic on the picket where staff and students share stories about stopping, withholding, refusing, avoiding, shirking… work

Friday 25th March: Workload

8.15am – 10.30am: Pickets

10.30am (EBS picket): Picket Rally and Open Mic tbc 

Followed by a Social at The Greyhound, 62 High St, Wivenhoe, Colchester CO7 9AZ.

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