You may have read in the media that the UCU General Secretary has unilaterally called off the strikes planned to take place in Higher Education during the coming week. She has done this without the agreement of the union’s Higher Education Committee, which is the body responsible under rule for conducting industrial disputes.
As officers of the London Retired Members Branch, we deplore this for two reasons.
- This is a breach of the democratic structure of the union.
- Our colleagues on strike are defending our pensions as well as their own.
The whole concept of the retirement pension is “Intergenerational Solidarity”. Those who came before us fought to establish the pension scheme, we fought to maintain it and now we rely upon those who follow us to defend it.
- There is an open letter condemning the actions of the General Secretary which we have signed and invite you to consider doing likewise