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240110 TUC protect the right to strike march and rally large

'Protect the right to strike' rally on Saturday 27 January - book your space on a coach

22 January 2024

This Saturday [27 January 2024], thousands of trade unionists from across the UK will descend on Cheltenham to protest against the government's undemocratic and unworkable plans for minimum service levels during strike action.

UCU and education workers in general are on the front line of this fight. It is unthinkable for our members to be potentially asked to cross their own picket lines during disputes. I have made clear this is something I will not tolerate as general secretary.

It is vital that UCU members and representatives deliver a signification turnout on Saturday, and help the whole movement send the strongest possible message to this out of touch, and soon to be out of office government. Branches are arranging travel plans from across the UK, including a coach from London.

The timings of the days are as follows;

  • 12 noon: gather at Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham GL50 1UL 
  • 12:30: march departs through town centre to Pittville Park (approximately 1 hour walk)
  • 13:30: rally in the Tolpuddle Tent at Pittville Park
  • 15:00: event closes

I will be addressing the rally, and using my speech to highlight the key priorities for our members right across the union. 

I really look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible - remember to wear UCU pink.

In solidarity 

Jo Grady
UCU general secretary

Last updated: 5 February 2024