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

Published: 5th December, 2019

”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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What now? We work to contract…

Published: 5th December, 2019

Our initial block of strike action finished on Wednesday 4 December. But our dispute with our employer – both University of Leicester and the employers’ association Universities UK – is ongoing. Therefore we will not be working normally – where ‘normally’ means subjecting ourselves to punishing workload, responding to emails in the evening, spending our…

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

Published: 4th December, 2019

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]

Published: 3rd December, 2019

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!]

Published: 2nd December, 2019

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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