Halesowen UCU have returned a ballot overwhelmingly calling for strike action and action short of a strike. This will begin with an initial day of strike action on Thursday 14th February. We will be picketing from 7am, with a breakfast meeting planned for 10am at the Wagon and Horses, Stourbridge Road. We have been overwhelmed with messages of support and queries as to how people can get involved: here is a list of ideas:
Love hearts: UCU campaigns have produced a valentine card design which can be used in branches or groups, or you can make your own heart designs (e.g. “*Branch* ❤ Halesowen UCU" or "We ❤ the Halesowen 4"). You can then take photos of members with these which can be emailed to halesowenUCU_branch_secretary@hotmail.com, tweeted to @halesowencoll and @halesowenUCU with #lovetheHalesowen4 and shared in the facebook group http://www.facebook.com/groups/justiceforhalesowenfour/
Cookies and cakes: Newman UCU, one of our local sister branches, have come up with the idea of selling cakes. You could make cakes or cookies to sell in branch with UCU and a 4 iced on, possibly heart shapes? (depending on icing skills!)
Stalls: Again an idea from Newman UCU, they will be setting up a stall for their cakes with info about the case (see attached) with a laptop on the petition encouraging people to sign: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/halesowen-college-reinstate-david-muritu-as-a-maths-lecturer-at-the-college
Video: This video can be shown in branch or other meetings to give more information http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=6433 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zW4BjGPyDjM&feature=player_embedded
Video support messages: We were really grateful to receive a video support message last time, and thought this was something that could be done again, perhaps members holding up the love heart material to give personal messages or a branch message
Collections: Any collections in branch or other donations will be really really gratefully received. Please make donations payable to: Halesowen College UCU Branch
You can use the following to pay electronically:
Sort Code: 08-60-01
Account Number 33024684
Or send cheques (made out to Halesowen College UCU Branch) to:
Justice for Halesowen 4 Campaign.
111 Chichester Drive,
Thank you so much!
Lots of love from Halesowen UCU