UCL-UCU: Meeting Reminder - Strategy to Win & Delegates - Thurs 27 Oct

25 October 2022

This is a reminder that we are having an EGM this Thursday, 13.00-14.00, to discuss our amazing national ballot result for industrial action.

The democratic structures of the union must now decide what industrial action will be timetabled, and when, to make the employers move on the core issues.

A Branch Delegates’ meeting will be held on Monday 31 October, to consult branches, followed by a Higher Education Committee meeting that will make decisions about our industrial action. It is important for UCL UCU (the largest UCU branch in the UK) to feed into these processes with our member views.

We have received motions and amendments for the branch meeting (see below). Members are invited to consider these and can put forward amendments up to 24 hrs before the meeting.


  1. Feedback from UCL UCU Survey
  2. Motions and amendments (see below)
  3. Election of Delegates to Branch Delegates Meeting



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Motions and Amendments so far received

Motion 1 on Industrial Action, proposed by Sean Wallis

UCL UCU notes the brilliant ballot results giving us the ability to take action in every university.

UCL UCU believes that:  

  1. A strong ballot result without action will not be enough to defeat the employers.
  2. Coordinating our action with other unions will increase our leverage.

UCL UCU proposes that industrial action takes the following form:

  1. Strikes on 24, 25, 28, 29 and 30 November, maximising co-ordination with CWU.
  2. A national demonstration to UCEA talks on 30 November.
  3. All forms of ASOS including marking & assessment boycott to start 1 December.
  4. Punitive deductions to be met with sustained strike action, backed by financial support from all other branches.
  5. Escalating strike action to begin week beginning 6 February (or earliest date when all universities are teaching) coordinated with other unions where possible, starting with 3 days (week 1) 4 days (week 2) 5 days (week 3).
  6. Notification of future action before completion of existing action.
  7. A BDM to be called in January: should discuss next steps, including the possibility of all-out strike action if the employer has not moved following the initial phase of action.
  8. For the General Secretary to approach other unions to actively seek co-ordination and report back results.

Amendment 1 to Motion 1, proposed by Saladin Meckled-Garcia

Remove Clause 1 (strike action on 24, 25, 28, 29, and 30 November) and replace with:

  1. Take strategic strike action before the Christmas break.

Amendment 2 to Motion 1, proposed by Ilektra Christidi

Move "proposes" 5 to after 7, and reword it to (addition in italics):

Escalating strike action to begin week beginning 6 February (or earliest date when all universities are teaching) coordinated with other unions where possible, starting with 3 days (week 1) 4 days (week 2) 5 days (week 3), pending discussion and approval at the January BDM mentioned above.

Motion 2 on Industrial Action, proposed by Ilektra Christidi

UCL UCU notes:

  1. The need for escalating our struggle in response to the coordinated attack on our income and living conditions, by employers and the government.
  2. The encouraging rise of class struggle in several sectors and industries in Britain and all over Europe, which shows that real power lies with the workers.  
  3. The clear majority in favour of an enduring struggle across the sector, throughout this academic year, following the experience of last year’s disputes, which led to wide discussions amongst members about the vision and a winning strategy for the union.

UCL UCU believes:

  1. That the success of our struggle is not merely a matter of action days, key dates and tactical pressure, but primarily depends on:
  2. Our ability to organise the mobilisation and participation of the majority of our members, from across roles (academic, research, teaching, and academic-related/ professional services staff).
  3. The coordination with non-UCU university staff, with our students, and with workers of other sectors.
  4. The content and the orientation of the struggle, aligning our demands with the need for dignified living conditions and free education for all, against the devastating market models served by the policies of governments and the political parties who support them.

UCL UCU proposes:

  1. Sustained escalating action in local, regional and national level, combining as necessary strikes, ASOS, rallies and any other effective form of protest, to ensure continuity of our struggle, maximal impact to the employers and maximal mobilisation of our members. 
  2. Such action to be coordinated with other university staff unions and students, as well as unions of other sectors, including coordinated strike days. 
  3. Membership control of the organisation of our struggle and the decisions that need to be taken, by establishing branch General Meetings as the heart of the Union and its struggle, and empowering regular, decision-making reps meetings at the local, regional, and national level.