UCU protestors marching

Goldsmiths Students’ Union sabbatical officers have announced their full support for staff choosing to strike as students raise concerns over withheld salaries. 

The senior management team (SMT) at Goldsmiths, University of London has declined to publicly condemn the proposed changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) pensions that have resulted in staff at the university taking industrial action.

On 22 January the University and College Union (UCU) voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action, with 81% of members backing the move and a further 93% supporting action just short of a strike.

Walk-outs have been planned by 61 out of 68 universities, with Goldsmiths UCU members voting overwhelmingly in favour.

The remaining 7 universities who did not reach the 50% threshold required for action as set out by the Trade Union Act 2016 are to be balloted again, with a deadline of 16 February. The proposed strikes are set to take place over four weeks on the following dates:

- Thu 22, Fri 23 February

- Mon 26, Tue 27, Wed 28 February

- Mon 5, Tue 6, Wed 7, Thu 8 March

- Mon 12, Tue 13, Wed 14, Thu 15, Fri 16 March

Goldsmiths has a rich and proud