As the photos in the post below show, there was another well-attended UCU picket line on Thursday, as Cambridge UCU took their second day of action – in co-ordination with other lecturers around the country.
It’s not everyday that Phil the Greek crosses your picket line. Prince Philip, who had been in town for benefactors’ dinner on Wednesday evening, returned to the Old Schools building on Thursday morning, crossing the picket line to get in. Perhaps he hd forgotten his hat? Pickets asked him to join the rally at midday; he declined.
A Royal Mail delivery van was, however, turned away. The driver’s membership of the Communication Workers Union helped pickets remonstrate with him and encourage him to show his solidarity with people standing up for their pension, pay and working conditions – and this at a time when the Royal Mail management has devastating cuts planned for the postal service.
At the midday rally, Cambridge University lecturers were joined by colleagues from Anglia Ruskin University and the Cambridge Regional College. The 100-strong rally was addressed by Alan Whitaker, UCU President, who supported the call for a general strike against the government’s cuts. Local members of the National Union of Teachers, Unite the Union, the National Union of Journalists and a Cambridge University Students’ Union sabbatical officer also spoke in solidarity with the UCU industrial action.
10 coaches will be leaving Cambridge to go to London on Saturday 26th, the majority leaving from Queens’ backs. The TUC march will be the biggest demonstration since the Stop the War Coalition marches in 2003 and it has the potential to act as a catalyst which will communicate the anger and militantcy of the student movement to large sections of the workers’ movement.
Here’s just some of the things that groups of activists have planned for Saturday:
Members of CDE will join the ‘Education Bloc’ feeder march assembling outside the University of London Union building on Malet St. between 10 and 11am.