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Statement re: ‘Precarity on Trial’

We have heard from some colleagues and friends that the ‘panto’ that we gave during the strike upset some people. We sincerely apologise for causing any distress to our peers and colleagues. Our intention was to use the satire and parody of a particular case to highlight some of the widespread and incredibly damaging problems…

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#LeicsUniStrike 2019 – Day 8: Satire and parody: The full report

”Conflict is not abuse, criticism is not abuse…sometimes parody is all we have left.” – Dr Jo Grady We gave you a taste of what went on on our picket lines on the last day of #UCUStrikesBack yesterday. There was dance, music and song, there were the usual cakes and samosas, the Christmas Tree of…

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#LeicsUniStrike 2019 – Day 8: Satire and parody: Will the real Jo Grady please stand up…

Well, what a day. We are, as you can imagine, all exhausted after eight days on the picket lines, so a full review of Day 8 will appear tomorrow, but, in brief, it was a fun day and we were all in good spirits (and not just because of the mulled wine). Strikemas was heartily…

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#LeicsUniStrike 2019 – Day 7 [Under Pressure]

And on the seventh day we rested… in fact, wanted to rest, but instead we decided to showcase the issues that have brought us to the point of exhaustion, particularly the excessive workloads and job insecurity that represent two of the four pillars of UCU’s “Four Fights” dispute. The #ExhaustionRebellion hashtag was started by our…

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#LeicsUniStrike 2019 – Day 6 [Danger! High Voltage!]

As the industrial action carried on into its second week, and temperatures plummeted below zero, Leicester UCU warmed the cockles of striking staff with a disco theme on the picket lines, and much more besides. We received many visits of support throughout the day from students and bringers of cake, and we were especially pleased…

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