Your UCU Representatives wanted to thank you for your efforts over the last couple days of strike action. The withdrawal of labour is always the last port of call in industrial relationships and we understand the sometimes difficult decision it is to do. The two days were bitterly cold and many of you braved the weather and stood on picket lines, others saved on travel costs and avoided work spending the time with friends and family claiming back lost quality time. While members were on picket lines, your representatives went on radio and television to make the case for Fair Pay in FE and lots of photographs were taken of the two days, and below are links for you to review and share. Feel free to share this email with your non-member colleagues and encourage them to join us in the campaign for Fair Pay in FE by visiting https://ucu.org.uk/join.
The above link has photographs from the two days, a massive shout out to Sara Brown at Hastings who did a Chemistry Teach Out which was attended by students. It was great to watch and highlights this action is not about removing the education of the students.
The above link is a Radio interview with Justin Wynne, Branch Secretary at Hastings, and Dan Shelley the Executive Director ESCG. In this interview Dan Shelley is challenged on any pay increases he may have received.
The above link is the BBC South East news broadcast from 30th Jan 2019 where the Strike Action headlines, Marcus Abel, UCU Representative of Eastbourne is interviewed along with Dan Shelley.
The above link is a video submitted in support of UCUs action over the last couple of days.
Needless to say your representatives will push for negotiations to improve your pay at ESCG. Further information regarding the issues around pay will be sent out to you all to ensure you are all aware of the issues we are fighting.
In solidarity, and a massive thank you from your representatives.