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Thanks!


The GSA-UCU committee would like to thank all members for: picketing, striking, talking, tweeting, and supporting the action this week.

‘Warm’ thanks to the hardy souls who braved the subzero temperatures today.


 
Next Week

Monday: Jo Grady and the UCU press will be joining us on the picket line. This will be followed by the UCU rally on Buchanan Street steps which starts at 12.30, and we will walk down with our new big banners. 

Nicolas will be speaking at the UCU rally on Monday!

Tuesday: After meeting at 8:30 on the picket line, we will head down to the political hustings (with soup and a sandwich) at the STUC, 333 Woodlands Road, at 12 noon.

Wednesday: last day of the strike. We intend to picket all day, so let us know when you can join the picket line. Reply to this email stating which time slot(s) you can do.
8:30 till 11:30 | 11:00 till 14:00 | 13:30 till 16:30 | 16:00 till 18:00 
(Thanks to those who have already let us know.)
 
If you can’t be there in person please help amplify the UCU position by re-tweeting @GSAUCU and @UCUScotland and @ucu tweets.

If you are unable to join on the picket do hold to the strike, our collective effort is what makes us strong!

UCU asks all members to take 8 days of Strike Action  See you at 8.30 Monday
Enjoy your weekend

GSA-UCU Committee



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Halfway There!!

Halfway There!

Today:
Picketing Dogs
Backpack Placards
Halfway Point

Well Done!

Tomorrow: Meet at the Reid at 8:30. Later we will head to the Climate Strike at George Square, taking place between 11am – 2pm.

UCU update – in your inbox

“UCU has said it needs to see more than ‘warm words and meagre promises’ ”

“It’s a genuine shame that we have been forced to create this level of disruption to make employers negotiate with us.’

https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/10467/UCU-statement-on-latest-pay-talks

Strike Pay

As of today, and if you are able to prove you have lost pay, you will be able to apply to the UCU strike fund.

https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/10333/Strike-fund-support

Next Week

Monday: Jo Grady and the UCU press will be joining us on the picket line, more details as soon as we have them. This will be followed by the UCU rally on Buchanan Street steps which starts at 12.30, and we will walk down with our new big banners.

Tuesday: After meeting at 8:30 on the picket line, we will head down to the political hustings (with soup and a sandwich) at the STUC, 333 Woodlands Road, at 12 noon.

Wednesday: last day of the strike. We intend to picket all day, so let us know when you can join the picket line. Reply to this email stating which time slot(s) you can do.
8:30 till 11:30 | 11:00 till 14:00 | 13:30 till 16:30 | 16:00 till 18:00

If you can’t be there in person please help amplify the UCU position by re-tweeting @GSAUCU and @UCUScotland and @ucu tweets.

If you are unable to join on the picket do hold to the strike, our collective effort is what makes us strong!

UCU asks all members to take 8 days of Strike Action

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Day 2: Another Great Turn Out On the Picket Line!

Today we have been:

• Reading in the Guardian about a student perspective on why students ‘should come out in favour of the staff on strike’,
• Reading the Letter of Solidarity from EIS and the statement of support from Scottish Artists Union,
• Experimenting with the bobble hat poster combo,
• Being grateful for the solidarity and support (and breakfast) from Unison,
• Watching GSA MFA students @alt_gsa_mfa creating their own teach-out,
• Picketing the GSA campus, 
and
• Ordering more stickers!

Coming up over the next few days:

On Friday we need as much support as we can. The sign-up list at last week’s members’ meeting was small for Friday. If you are available please do consider joining the picket.
Also on Friday there is also a climate strike, with a rally at George Square from 11am to 2pm

Looking forward to next week: 

Monday is another big day – UCU’S  General Secretary Jo Grady will be coming to say hello along with UCU Scottish Official Press. 
GSASA are also encouraging students to come and join us, so let’s get a great big picket sorted. 
Followed by the UCU rally at the Buchanan Street steps.

Well done everyone.

Hold the strike. Join the picket.

See you at 8.30 Tomorrow

Follow, retweet and amplify: 

@GSAUCU

@UCUScotland
@UCU

@UCUGlasgow

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Day 1 – Well done!

Almost half of our members joined the picket line Today!

Today we picketed outside the Reid, Stow and Haldane, distributing hundreds of flyers and stickers, listening to staff and students, and discussing our action with many.

Banners were waved, discussions were had, our message was clear.

Well Done!


Today some ideas for the rest of the week were proposed:

1. A ‘teach out’ in the students association building.
2. A full day picket on Wednesday the 4th December.
3. A collective picket line – all members picketing at each site in turn.

If you’re interested let members of the committee know what you’re up for, and how you might help.

@ucu
@GSAUCU
@UCUScotland
 
Tuesday and the following days of Strike Action

For all the following days please meet at the union at 8.30 am. From there we will distribute armbands, materials, and info needed to participate in the picket.

Your participation on the Picket Line is much appreciated and sends a clear message to all.

If you can’t be there in person please help amplify the UCU position by re-tweeting @GSAUCU and @UCUScotland and @ucu tweets.

If you are unable to join on the picket do hold to the strike, our collective effort is what makes us strong!

UCU asks all members to take 8 days Strike Action 
 
Reminder: Other Activity

Friday 29th November
Global Climate Strike Glasgow, George Square, 11 am – 2 pm

Monday 2nd December
Rally in Glasgow, at the Buchanan Street steps, 12.30 pm

Tuesday 3rd December
General Election Hustings, STUC 333 Woodlands Road, 12 noon
 
ASOS

Action Short of a Strike kicks in on Monday the 25th November, check out the guidance from UCU on how to participate in ASOS.
www.ucu.org.uk/working-to-contract


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As we prepare to take action…

Monday 25th

Monday morning meet outside the Vic Bar/union at 8 am. From there we will distribute materials and info needed to participate in the picket.
 



The Following Days of Strike Action

For all the following days please meet at the union at 8.30 am. From there we will distribute armbands, materials, and info needed to participate in the picket.

Your participation on the Picket Line is much appreciated and sends a clear message to all.

If you are unable to join on the picket do hold to the strike, our collective effort is what makes us strong!

UCU asks all members to take 8 days Strike Action 
 



Other Activity

Monday 25th November
UCU Scotland Rally at Bristo Square, Edinburgh, 1 pm

Friday 29th November
Global Climate Strike Glasgow, George Square, 11 am – 2 pm

Monday 2nd December
Rally in Glasgow, at the Buchanan Street steps, 12.30 pm

Tuesday 3rd December
General Election Hustings, STUC 333 Woodlands Road, 12 noon


ASOS

Action Short of a Strike kicks in on Monday the 25th November, check out the guidance from UCU on how to participate in ASOS.
www.ucu.org.uk/working-to-contract

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Help Make It Stick – banner and placard making

Help Make It Stick

An opportunity to talk to students about the action; GSASA have offered to help make placards

Upstairs in the Vic – The Assembly Hall

Friday /  Tomorrow / 22nd November 

4pm – 8pm

The student’s support is invaluable

Let’s be there to talk and listen

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Pay Deductions and Fighting Fund

As you will be aware from the management email – any deductions of pay will be phased over three months.

” In order to minimise the impact of reduced pay on staff GSA has agreed to phase these deductions over a three-month period, as follows:
December 2019 Payroll Maximum of two days pay (pro rata)
January 2020 Payroll Maximum of three days pay (pro rata)
February 2020 Payroll Maximum of three days pay (pro rata) “

UCU have set out guidance on how to access the Fighting Fund.

Payment is made:

  • in the sum of up to £50 for the third and subsequent days of strike action for members earning £30,000 or more gross per annum (this may be subject to a cap), and 
  • in the sum of up to £75 for the second and subsequent days of strike action for members earning less than £30,000 gross per annum (this may be subject to a cap).

If you wish to access this fund, please go to: https://ucu.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/429/

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STRIKE – Members Branch Meeting Reminder

Wednesday 1 pm – Reid Lecture Theatre.
Forthcoming 8 days Strike Action
Light lunch provided.

Join members to discuss:
• Why we are taking the strike action
• What does the strike mean to us
• How to prepare for the strike action

• We will update members on current GSA – UCU activity

• Address questions members may have.

Mary Senior from UCU Scotland is joining us and will be able to answer questions and update members on the wider Scottish action.

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A date for your diary

A date for your diary

Join us, Reid Lecture Theatre, Wednesday 20th at 1pm for an all members meeting to discuss the upcoming industrial action.
Mary Senior UCU Scotland Official will be joining us.

Pay and Equality dispute

Thanks to all members who voted, GSA-UCU had a 69% turnout.

UCU has called for 8 days of strike action, starting on Monday 25th November and finishing on Wednesday 4th December, followed by a period of action short of a strike (ASOS). Further action is being considered for the new year.

The following message from UCU:

“Employers have just under two weeks to meet us and find a solution to our disputes over USS pensions and pay and equality. UCU negotiators have already contacted the employers’ representative bodies for each dispute – Universities UK (UUK) in the case of USS, and the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) in the case of the pay and equality dispute.

Employers will also be making their plans. Don’t forget: if your manager asks you if you intend to take strike action, you don’t have to answer them. You are not obliged to notify anyone that you are taking strike action before you do so. Nor are you obliged to tell your manager that you are a member of UCU. If you do notify your manager of your intentions in advance, they will be able to plan to minimise the disruption and render your action less effective.”

What strike means to me?

UCU Strike Fund
“If members vote to take action:

those of you earning £30,000 or more will be able to claim up to £50 from the third day onwards
those of you earning below £30,000 will be able to claim up to £75 per day from the second day onwards.”
https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/10333/Strike-fund-support

GSA-UCU are able to refund appropriate travel and sustenance with recipes for participating in strike activities.

At the members meeting next week, we will discuss the planned action.

What next?

“UCU is preparing detailed guidance for you on a range of other issues, including:

information to give your students about the strike action
information tailored for migrant members holding different types of visa
information about taking action short of a strike (ASOS) after the eight-day strike period is over
updated information about applying for strike pay from the Fighting Fund.

All of this guidance will be available before the action starts on Monday 25 November. Keep checking the UCU website and look out for email updates from me and from your branch.”

We look forward to seeing you at the members meeting.
Shortly after the members meeting, we will be in touch again by email.

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UCU Ballot Results are in…

As many of our members may already know, the UCU Ballot results are in. Here at GSA UCU we achieved over the threshold for voting. Well done all.

Last Friday the elected reps of UCU’s higher education committee decided to call eight days of strike action at 60 universities starting on Monday 25 November and finishing on Wednesday 4 December, followed by a period of action short of a strike (ASOS). This means GSA UCU will be joining the UCU 8 days of strikes and the action short of a strike.

There is a branch committee meeting this tuesday – 12th November, and we will be calling a general meeting to organise the branch.

UCU Scotland will have an FAQ for the strike presently and we will mirror that here.

Any questions please email the committee – committee@gsa-ucu.org.uk