The Mile End picket has several ‘gates’ or entrance points:
Gate 1 East Gate
Gate 2 The Chaplaincy
Gate 3 People’s Palace
Gate 4 Engineering Building
Gate 5 Bancroft Road/Graduate Centre
Please check with Picket Line Supervisors about where people are needed and be prepared to move around during your ‘shift’ if need be.
QMUCU members are designated ‘pickets’ and should wear armbands. Everyone else at the picket is a ‘supporter’.
Campus Map of Picket Gates/ Entrance Points
Note that student accommodation and student services are located on the Mile End campus. Spaces for student self-directed study: the library, art, music, drama, dance, design, media studios and practice areas are located across the campus.
Students: Be aware that some students will need to access to student accommodation, wellbeing and student services on the Mile End Campus. Please also note that spaces for student self-directed study: library, art, music, drama, dance, design, media studios and practice areas are not being picketed. If students do not want to cross the picket line, they can be directed to other entrances and/ or informed that pickets end at 2pm.
On the Picket: Please do feel free to engage those crossing the picket line in discussion about the reasons we are striking and refer them to QMUCU and QMSU briefing leaflets. Anyone who decides to cross a picket line must be allowed to do so. It is important not to allow QMUCU members and pickets to be accused of being aggressive or verbally abusing those crossing picket lines.
You can seek to persuade other workers, not employed at the university, not to deliver goods or to enter the work premises (this is the only form of permitted ‘secondary’ action).
Take care: If you feel threatened or unsafe, or experience any form of verbal or physical abuse, speak to a Picket Line Supervisor (wearing a UCU hi-vis vest) who will provide assistance, and if needed, take a statement. College security have been very helpful in the past, and it is important to remember that many are on precarious contracts. Stay warm, stay hydrated!