Our wonderful students recognise that our working conditions are their learning conditions. The Queen Mary Students’ Union Council voted overwhelmingly to support the strike. Nationally, the National Union of Students also supports the strike.
Your tutors and support staff are incredibly grateful for your refusal to let management divide us, despite the disruption that the strike inevitably creates for you. Your continued support can help us bring the strike to an early and successful conclusion, and allow us to get back to doing what we love: helping you get the world-class education that you deserve.
We also welcome solidarity from those who might not be students, including local residents and partners of the university affected by industrial action.
Here’s what you can do:
- Contact QMUL’s principal, Colin Bailey, and the Chair of QMUL’s Council, to press them to support QMUL staff, which so far they have refused to do.
- Sign our petition calling on Colin Bailey to help resolve the strike positively.
- Attend any of Colin Bailey’s meetings and ask him the probing questions we have come to expect of Queen Mary students.
- Visit our picket lines. Learn more about the dispute, show solidarity. Students are extremely welcome!
- Attend our “teach-outs” – alternative, free classes and discussions on a range of topics, held daily in the Chaplaincy: full schedule here.
- Organise collective action through QMSU. Students are powerful when they act collectively. During the last strike, student occupying the Octagon in solidarity with UCU were successful in reversing proposed cuts to student bursaries.
- Join the Pay, Pensions and Planet march on 29 November (we will leave from Mile End around 11am).
- Join the QMUL Student/ Staff Solidarity Group on Facebook to plan and participate in collective action. (There is also a closed Facebook group for activists; post in this group to gain access to the closed one.)
- Use comment sections in student surveys to express your true and honest opinions.
- Spread the word. Tell your friends and tutors you support the strike. On social media, use #QMULstrike and #UCUstrike. Tweet @QMUL and @QMUL_UCU.