We did it! Members vote overwhelmingly to strike again
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We did it! Members vote overwhelmingly to strike again

We’ve proven that we can do it, again! Huge congratulations to every one of our members for an outstanding result. On Wednesday we were notified that 92% of those voting in our reballot said yes in favour of taking further strike action, if we aren’t offered an improved offer from the University in our pay and conditions dispute. The…

Impact of cost of living crisis on members
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Impact of cost of living crisis on members

Rates of pay at the University dropped below the real living wage rate last month – there are now hundreds of band 200 and grade 2 staff (including those on the University’s new pay scale) who are being paid less than the amount the independent Living Wage foundation has assessed they need to meet essential…

Our response to the VC’s comments on our strike
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Our response to the VC’s comments on our strike

The VC’s view of our dispute In August and September HR maintained that “negotiations were over” and our Vice Chancellor, Adam Tickell, was doing his best to pretend the dispute wasn’t happening at all.  Professor Tickell has since broken a long silence on our action, first during a visit to our pickets last Tuesday and…

Picket line details for our strike action this week
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Picket line details for our strike action this week

We are asking all support staff to join us in striking this week. Participating will help win a better deal for you and your colleagues! To help us win this dispute we’d love it if you could join us on our picket lines. On Thursday and Friday this week we will be following a similar…

Strike action confirmed: Why we are striking on 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 September
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Strike action confirmed: Why we are striking on 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 September

Updated 26 September to take account of this update from Birmingham UCU. At meetings on Thursday 14 September, members overwhelmingly backed the committee’s plan for strike action in the first week of term. This means that we are calling on all support staff to join us in taking strike action on: Thursday 21 and Friday 22 September…

Joint statement with Birmingham UCU on RAAC at University of Birmingham
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Joint statement with Birmingham UCU on RAAC at University of Birmingham

You can also view this statement on Birmingham UCU’s website. We are pleased the University has now updated staff and students on its review of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete on campus. According to the University, of the 200+ buildings across campus, part of one building, the roof extension of the Arts building, may contain some RAAC….

Solidarity to Birmingham City Council members
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Solidarity to Birmingham City Council members

Birmingham city council has recently declared effective “bankruptcy” with most news articles tracing the issues back to massive equal pay liabilities at the council. This does not tell the whole story though, and could worryingly give the impression that workers are to blame for the sorry state of council finances. Following repeated court judgements including…