The University and College Union (UCU), the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU), UNISON and the National Union of Students (NUS) joined forces for a march on Friday 25 November, travelling along Oxford Road to hear impassioned speeches in Manchester’s St Peter’s Square. The Meteor joined the rally to talk to those involved.
Three Manchester events this fortnight: Socialism & Trade Unionism 15 Nov, Organising for a New Education 19 Nov, UCU Strike Fundraiser 26 Nov
Get your tickets now for these three events coming up in November 2022 in Manchester.
UCU members vote for strike action in ‘historic’ ballot
University and College Union (UCU) members voted overwhelmingly for strike action last month, to increase pay and improve conditions (81.1%) and reverse cuts to pensions (84.9%) in ‘historic’ ballot. If the dispute remains unresolved, up to 70,000 workers across 150 universities will strike over three days at the end of November.
T-Levels: more vocational courses roll out – but post-16 choices in England are still limited
Today’s Friends of the Meteor article is from two University of Manchester academics, Elizabeth Gregory and Hannah Ruth McCarthy, on the early findings from the first school year group to complete the new T-levels as an alternative to A-levels.
Dream Weavers Gathering: ‘striving for a liberated world healed by justice and equity’
Four-day festival in Manchester, 19-22 June, aims to reconnect and invigorate activists and campaigners across the Greater Manchester region.
Work is not the way out of the cost-of-living crisis
Economist Richard Murphy says Boris Johnson’s argument that work is the way out of the cost-of-living crisis is flawed, due to ongoing government policy creating an abundance of ‘shit jobs’.
‘Explore the past, change the future’ at the Working Class Movement Library
The Working Class Movement Library in Salford holds a unique record of Greater Manchester’s radical past that resonates with current social issues and the continuing fight for justice.
The elephants in the room: the ordinary people tackling the issues professionals fail to
The Elephants Trail is a project working in Greater Manchester to address the problems faced by people living with severe and multiple disadvantage.
‘If you’ve ever been told to stay silent, get louder’ RECLAIM tells the young working-class
Manchester based charity RECLAIM are on a mission to increase the diversity of working-class voices heard in professional life.
‘What the bloody hell are museums for?’ Manchester Museum launches ‘Local Matters’ in Ardwick to help reimagine their role
Manchester Museum is reimagining their role in society with the launch of a research project investigating inequality in Ardwick, undertaken by Museum staff, and the co-curation of a South Asia gallery reflecting the experiences of the diaspora in Greater Manchester.