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Statement to QMUL students on the end of the marking & assessment boycott

Dear students, Queen Mary UCU members have voted to accept an agreement with management to end the marking boycott. Members of QMUCU (the trade union representing many academic and academic-related professional staff at Queen Mary) extend our deep gratitude to QMUL students for their patience and support since the beginning of this industrial action. This … Continue reading Statement to QMUL students on the end of the marking & assessment boycott

QMUCU members vote to take 10 days of strike action from Thursday 5 May

A packed branch meeting of over 160 members gathered today to take the final decision about whether to go ahead with the local industrial action. The votes from the meeting have now been tallied, and a clear majority voted in favour of proceeding. 71% voted for the action, 21% were against, and 8% abstained. What … Continue reading QMUCU members vote to take 10 days of strike action from Thursday 5 May

Letter to students on strike action and marking & assessment boycott

Dear students, More strikes are taking place at QMUL on 5-6 May, 9-13 May and 16-18 May. These are happening only at our university, as a last resort because of how poorly QMUL management is treating their own staff and students. For months staff and students have requested negotiations with the Principal, but have been … Continue reading Letter to students on strike action and marking & assessment boycott

Solidarity Forever: a QMUCU fundraising social evening of poetry, music, dance and joy happening on Monday 11th April at 5pm

QMUCU members are engaged in ongoing industrial action fighting for our working conditions, students’ learning conditions and the right to strike. Apart from the ongoing national dispute to defend our pensions, to fight against increasing workload, loss in real wages, gender and BAME pay gaps, QMUCU is undergoing its own local dispute. As a response … Continue reading Solidarity Forever: a QMUCU fundraising social evening of poetry, music, dance and joy happening on Monday 11th April at 5pm

Strike ballots over punitive deductions now open at Queen Mary – return your ballot as soon as possible

The local ballot for strike action against 100% pay deductions for Action Short of Strike began on Monday 28th February. Please post yours as soon as possible. The ballot will close on Monday 21st March at 12pm, and the last safe day to post will be Thursday 17th March. If your ballot paper does not … Continue reading Strike ballots over punitive deductions now open at Queen Mary – return your ballot as soon as possible

External examiners resign en masse to protest rogue university chancellor’s strike-breaking tactics

The right to withdraw labour as part of a legitimate industrial dispute is a core international labour standard, but the rogue tactics of Principal Colin Bailey suggest that he thinks he is above international norms. His stance on Action Short of a Strike (ASoS) is an outrageous move against staff who will already have foregone … Continue reading External examiners resign en masse to protest rogue university chancellor’s strike-breaking tactics