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November 25th, 2011:

Day of Action — 30 November

Wednesday 30 November: UCU members at the University of Southampton will be taking strike action in defence of USS pensions!

We urge you to support this action by JOINING OUR OFFICIAL PICKET LINES and NOT COMING TO WORK.   UCU members will be picketing near the entrances to a number of workplaces covering a range of campuses.  We are seeking volunteers on a rota basis to cover short periods of time.  Please email if you are able to help with this.

At 11.15am we will regroup outside Union House (47 University Road) to march into town, via Avenue campus, to Hoglands Park.  There we will join colleagues from our sister unions (Unison, Unite, ATL, PCS, NAPO, NUT, Prospect, NASUWT) on a march through Southampton centre to Guildhall Square for a rally starting at 12.30pm.  There will be speakers from all of these unions addressing the rally, including Southampton UCU.

The University has been informed that UCU will be taking industrial action. You DO NOT have to inform, in advance, your manager or the university that you will be taking industrial action, but if asked afterwards you must answer truthfully.  For those of you who have students, as a courtesy you may wish to inform them about your participation in this action and explain your reasons for participating.

It is likely that you will lose a day’s salary for taking part.  If you are for some reason unable to strike but wish to support the action, please contact the UCU office for advice — and please DO NOT cover for striking colleagues.

As a UCU member we would ask you to support the action by:

1)   Not coming to work on 30 November

2)   Letting us know if you are able to join a picket line

3)   Joining us at 11.15am on the march into town

See you on the picket lines!