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Actively Support Staff Trade Union Strikes

by TRISTAN SMITH 20 February 2020, 18:59

Category: Your Union

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Staff members are a crucial part of a positive University experience. If they are unsatisfied, overworked, underpaid, or otherwise mistreated, not only will they suffer but we as students will as well. 

As a Union ourselves, it is crucial that we express solidarity with those working collectively to make change for the better. Having the student body behind them will help increase the efficacy of work by UCU and UNISON as the Trade Unions recognised by the University of Huddersfield.

Other Students’ Unions - for example, Sheffield SU (see - express and work actively in solidarity with striking staff. We should be doing the same, both for our own benefit and for the benefits of the University staff we work with on a daily basis.

When strikes happen, we should be offering our support. We should be mobilising students in direct action, whether that’s joining pickets, contacting the senior management of the University, raising awareness, or organising events. We should be encouraging students not to cross picket lines, providing resources, and making students aware of their rights surrounding strikes. We should be helping to bring about the change University staff need.

How can we expect staff to stand for us if we don’t also stand for them?


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    HONGZHANG GUO   wrote, 27-02-2020 - 10:36


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    ADAM WINTER   wrote, 27-02-2020 - 16:21

    This absolutely needs the full backing of the SU. A fragmented approach is only going to lead to long term effects on teaching standards. We have a Chancellor earning over £300k whilst lecturer's have had a real terms 20% pay cut. The rising work loads and temporary staff are having an effect on teaching standards. This will only get worse without the SU support. We pay the bills as Students! Let's stand up and be counted. We should be on the picket lines with staff to ensure a better future for us all. It won't be long until we are in the career ladder and solidarity works both ways.

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    ADAM WINTER   wrote, 27-02-2020 - 16:21

    I will be attending no-lectures during strike days.

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    IBRAHIM MALIK   wrote, 28-02-2020 - 00:11

    The SU's statement is clearly not enough, they need to actively take part in the strike, like the other SUs around the country. I am going to join the picket line, with the striking teachers Mon-Thurs from 8 pm to 10 pm.

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    IBRAHIM MALIK   wrote, 28-02-2020 - 18:53

    The SU seems to be getting the wrong idea, we are frustrated that we are missing our lectures, we are frustrated that our deadlines are coming near, but we are not angry at the Lecturers we are angry at the University's top management. So if you feel frustrated, and want to complain, Here is the email of the University's Vice-Chancellor: Let him know that you are frustrated and that he should fulfill the demands of the Lecturers.

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    ADAM WINTER   wrote, 01-03-2020 - 14:32

    IBRAHIM MALIK, I will join you on at least the Tuesday, maybe add me on Facebook and we can look to co-ordinate. Cheers Adam Winter

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    IBRAHIM MALIK   wrote, 01-03-2020 - 14:43

    Hey Adam, Sorry I'm only on twitter, that's great that you'll be there on Tuesday ! maybe we can talk there !

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    CLAIRE HOLGATE   wrote, 03-03-2020 - 20:18

    We support the staff and understand that this wasn’t an easy decision for them.

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    IBRAHIM MALIK   wrote, 03-03-2020 - 21:04


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    JUWAYRIYAH RAOUF   wrote, 04-03-2020 - 13:51

    Happy teachers, happy students. Happy lecturers, happy students.

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    CHARLOTTE LODGE   wrote, 04-03-2020 - 18:08

    We must stand together, united. Theses issues are not only effecting teachers and lectures but also our support workers, canteen workers , cleaners, handy men and students who work in the university. all on 0 hour contracts. What advantage is it gaining a degree and large debt if once where qualified we end up working in underpaid, none secure contracts having no job satisfaction and being under valued by our employers. These issues go far beyond the university, despite little media coverage many organisations, unions and groups have been striking for several years now, same issues...…..bin men, train workers, Save our NHS, dinner lady's, cleaners, MC Donald's staff and thoughts in the new pits ( ASOS ) sports direct, Amazon the list could go on. solidarity

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