Hundreds of supporters turned out today for the first day of strike action by the Cardiff branch of the University and College Union (UCU). Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn was at the rally, which had to move from the University’s Main Building on Park Place to Cathays Park due to large numbers. The strike, which is happening across 74 universities around the United Kingdom, is backing two separate legal disputes, one on pensions and one on pay, casualisation, equality and workloads.
This is the first of 14 days of proposed action by the UCU which includes staff working strictly to contract, not covering for absent colleagues and refusing to reschedule lectures lost to strike action.
Cardiff UCU have announced a full schedule of events during the strike period, and took to Twitter to reach out and say “we welcome anyone who wants to come and support our strike and offer solidarity”.
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