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November, 2011:

Nov 30th day of action UEA

There were UCU pickets around the UEA entrances this morning raising awareness of the pensions dispute, supported by the SU.

UEA UCU picket

Some of the UCU pickets at UEA on Nov 30th

Later we joined 100s of strikers – teachers, physios, civil servants to march from City College to City Hall .  Thanks to all who supported the action today.

 

Pensions – myths & facts

UCU has put together a useful statement ahead of tomorrow’s strike.

If you are not a member of UCU but are  an academic,  academic-related or postgraduate research student you can join UCU here.

OGM (members’ meeting) today Friday 25th Nov

Friday 25th Arts 2.01 13.00 Come along to hear:

1.   President’s report:

including UEA REF code

2.  Update on USS Pensions Campaign:

including a presentation by Matt Waddup, National Head of Campaigns

3.  Proposed Closure of the School of Music

 

UCU@UEA Strike

UCU@UEA committee is preparing for the day of action on 30th November which has its focus on defending public sector pensions.  For us in HE, the erosion of the pension scheme could be seen as a preparatory softener for private sector competitors to enter HE (see http://defenduss.web.ucu.org.uk/files/2011/11/ussvaluationnov11_ucubriefingnote.pdf)

Get involved in the week before the strike:

  • Recruit a colleague
  • Talk to a non-member & explain why the pension dispute represents an erosion of publically-funded HE
  • Find other members in your department who are going to be on strike – can you march together?
  • Find friends from other workplaces (schools, HMRC, physios etc) who will be on strike on 30th & arrange to meet up for the rally
  • Sign up to the Facebook event

GET INVOLVED ON NOVEMBER 30TH!

Join other UCU members on the pickets at UEA

OR maybe you can’t make that, instead come out for the rally:

11.00 assemble City College, Ipswich Road.

11.30 match departs.

12.00 rally at City Hall steps

2.30 post rally discussion at United Reformed church, Princes Street.

If you want to see what’s happening elsewhere check out http://pensionsjustice.org.uk/30-november-day-of-action/

 

 

Latest on School of Music

On Monday 28th November, members of the UEA Council will decide the fate of the School of Music. Council will decide either to shut the school, or to accept an alternative plan: an offer by the Royal Musical Association to send in – for free –  a team of 4 top academics with a proven track record of running successful schools to properly assess the School of Music, granting the School a period of reprieve while the review is undertaken, then to follow through the RMA panel’s recommendations. We are anticipating the decision from Council at around 4pm.

Please continue to show your support for the Save UEA Music campaign. There are two events that we are encouraging you to attend:

1. Public rally Wednesday 23 Nov, 1-4PM, LCR.
Rally against the closure of the music school with speakers and music. Come and make your voice heard!
Speakers include Ian Gibson (Former Labour MP Norwich North) Adrian Ramsay (Deputy Leader of the Green Party) and more. Plus live music 12-1PM
https://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=140869672686030

2. Silent protest and concert Monday 28 November 9:30-16:00
The Registry/The Square
https://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=141078449331804

We will be gathering in the square at 9.30am, before heading to The Registry to arrive at around 9.45am. Just before 10am when Council members are due to arrive, a klaxon will sound and silence will fall. Once Council members are in the building, a second klaxon will sound and normal proceedings will return. There will be live music in the Square for the rest of the day.

3. If you have not already done so, please sign the petition and encourage your colleagues to do the same: http://bit.ly/ulSSsb

The Save UEA Music campaign will also be discussed at Friday’s UCU General Meeting, at 1PM in Arts 2.01. Jonathan Impett (MUS) will speak about the campaign.