All information on strikes will be updated on our UCU Strikes 2020 webpage here. You can find it under the Campaigns tab on the top of this website.
SOAS SU STRIKE BOOKLET HERE!!! --> the basics you need to know about the strikes
ALTERNATIVE SPACES HERE!!! --> check these resources to make an informed choice about whether to cross the picket line or not in order to access space
TEACH OUT CALENDAR HERE!!! --> amazing learning experiences on the picket lines, academics giving lectures even more interesting than some of our courses!
GIVE US FEEDBACK ON THE STRIKES HERE!!! --> https://padlet.com/vr81/SOASstrikes2020
This article is to give you initial information about potential upcoming strike action, some context to the dispute, what may be happening in the coming weeks and the current SU position. We understand that this news might be distressing or confusing and so we encourage you to do some research and engage in conversations around the strikes. We will also be facilitating as much information and discussion spaces as possible in the weeks to come. In the meantime, if you have any concerns or worries, please get in touch with Youssra, our Co-President for Equality and Liberation. Please write “Strikes” in the subject of your email.
As you may know, the two unions on campus have been successful in their ballot for strike action; this means they now have a mandate to potentially go on strike and we think this is likely to happen. The SU sent out an email last week detailing what the dispute is about and what is likely to happen next, you can read it here for more context.
The SOAS Students’ Union currently has policy to support the strikes, as it was passed at our last UGM (also detailed in the link above). However, the motion also called for the Union to open up spaces to talk and decide what ‘support’ would look like. This email outlines how the Students’ Union plans to go about facilitating those discussions, engaging students in the conversation and making sure that we know what the expectations and concerns of our student body are. It is essential for us to best keep students up to date about what is happening on campus and beyond, by collecting resources about how to support the strikes at the same time as facilitating access to learning experiences for students during this time.
Therefore, we are holding four open meetings over the next two weeks where we invite ALL students to come join the conversation. Whatever your approach to the strikes is, whether you know absolutely every single detail of the dispute or have no idea what is happening, we want to hear from you.
These meetings will have some continuity of discussion but can also stand alone so come to as many meetings as you please or can. The dates of the meetings are as follows and they will take place in the JCR:
- 5th February 4-6pm
- 7th February, 11am-1pm
- 12th February, 1-3pm
- 17th February , 3-5pm
Keep an eye on your emails and our social media (@soassu) to get final details!
Each session will begin with a Q&A about the strike dispute so everyone hopefully has the same information. Then we will invite people to share their concerns and expectations for the coming weeks. We encourage everyone to do some background reading beforehand, and we have facilitated some resources on our website.
However, we know that speaking in this kind of space can be difficult, and not everyone may feel comfortable raising their questions and concerns. For that reason, we will be using Slido (Event Code: SOASstrikes2020) where you can anonymously post any question and comments - the SOAS Exec team will be monitoring it to help us shape the structure and topics of our discussion. The Slido is already open so you can also use it if you are unable to attend a meeting but still have topics you want to be discussed. Additionally, we will be uploading notes from each meeting to the UCU Strikes 2020 tab on the SOAS SU website (under the ‘campaigns’ tab).
Some of the topics that we will cover are:
- Closure of the SU (offices, shop and bar)
- Access to Advice and Support Services
- Access to Space and Resources
- Fee Reimbursements
- Additional Learning Spaces and Opportunities
- Engagement with the Picket Line
Once again, we would like these meetings to be truly representative of all the views of the SOAS student body so please come along and/or use the Slido to engage with this discussion. We would like to ensure healthy debate and discussion take place, and facilitate for all concerns to be raised, heard and addressed.
Finally, if you have any concerns or worries, please get in touch with Youssra, our Co-President for Equality and Liberation. Please write “Strikes” in the subject of your email.