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Pooches for Pay and the Postie supports us again

A new slogan replaced the GCU Common Weal sign this morning – signalling our views to new graduates

Whistles, pooches and leaflets and stickers for graduates plus an alternative University Mission statement all made their appearance on today’s picket line.

Pooches against the pay gap – consistent supporters

GCU London students joined our staff in solidarity at the London Campus

Together with some great solidarity photos from our GCU students at GCU London and some twitter activity towards Annie Lennox our Chancellor, pickets were again in good spirits – being also joined towards lunchtime at a short solidarity shout-up by Mary Senior, UCU Scotland Official, and speakers from our sister unions at GCU. EIS provided the hot rolls, and again the Student Association officers came up trumps with coffee and tea.

But firstly with Graduation taking place, some students had expressed worries on how our actions might impact them. However, as they had heard from the UCU at their Students Voice meeting, this action wasn’t targeted at them, but rather at the University Employers’ Association UCEA.

The UCU had produced a special leaflet congratulating students on their graduation, and also printed some posters showing how pleased we were with their achievements. Some students and their friends and families also wore solidarity stickers to the graduation, as a measure of support.

Materials were distributed and postered supporting our students

Annie Lennox’s songs had featured strongly in our solidarity music playlist, and we added to that by texting our Chancellor to inform her of what was happening. We’ll let you know of any response!

A tweet to our Chancellor on what’s happening at GCU

And again – the CWU came up trumps in solidarity – thanks comrades!

The Postie again refuses to cross a picket line



Ending Casualised contracts at Glasgow Caledonian

B1rTsEyIIAA1CWF The UCU branch at Glasgow Caledonian held a day of action and a drop-in advice clinic on November 5th campaigning for an end to casualised contracts at Glasgow Caledonian University.

This was well supported by staff and students as shown by our flickr feed – which only covers some of the events of the day https://www.flickr.com/photos/caledonianunion/

Although organised by the local UCU branch, as part of a UK wide day of action by the University and College Union, the aims of the campaign are shared fully by the other campus unions, some of whom also got their photos taken in solidarity with the campaign.  The joint unions at GCU are currently in negotiation with management to regularise the situation of the minority of staff still on those contracts, and to ensure secure contracts for all.

In a welcome move, Caledonian Connected advertised the stall and the drop in clinic – which was also well attended.