Being in a trade union is about coming together collectively to fight for workers’ rights. Those who have followed the election campaign will know that it’s likely that unions are going to lose some of the hard-won rights and it’s going to be a lot harder to campaign and support our members.
Please think about what you can do to help UCU@UEA.
Strength in numbers – recruit a friend
Be public about your membership – mugs etc available from the office
Let the committee know what’s going on
Write something for the newsletter
Interested in negotiating, supporting colleagues in cases, admin? Get in touch!
Many of us are feeling angry, depressed, useless after the election result. A brilliant call to action comes from Laurie Penny: http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/05/dont-give-angry-population-hard-govern-depressed-population-easy
This blog post is inspiring:
This group was set up after tuition fees were hiked up in the last government. Many of you talented people could help out: http://www.arts-emergency.org/
And please, look after yourselves. Academics have one of the highest workloads of any job & it’s exhausting. Make time for you, whether you are academic or otherwise (written by ALC member at the weekend!). http://blobolobolob.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/looking-after-yourself-as-radical.html
Outside work there are campaign organisations that the trade unions support which you can get involved in: