Billy Bragg joins Cambridge University and College Union members on strike outside Great St Mary’s Church
Singer, songwriter and activist Billy Bragg joined union members on strike outside Great St Mary's Church in Cambridge today (Wednesday, November 27).
He is currently in the middle of a three-date stop at Cambridge Junction as part of his One Step Forward. Two Steps Back tour.
Bragg appeared at a rally outside Great St Mary’s Church in Cambridge organised by Cambridge University and Colleges Union (UCU). He spoke to the crowd and performed a number of songs.
He said: “It’s maybe the first time you’ve been involved in a struggle, the great tradition that I’m part of, and the miners were part of, that Woody (Guthrie) was part of, and you are part of that tradition, whatever you’re bringing, whatever songs you write, whatever chants you bring, whatever vibe you bring.
“You are part of that tradition now. And all the tradition asks is that you pass that on, you pass that solidarity on, you pass that compassion on, that is what our fight is about, ultimately, fundamentally it’s about compassion, it's about empathy, it’s about everybody together.”
UCU members at the University of Cambridge were on day three of eight days of industrial strike action.
The strikes came after no agreement could be reached between university representatives and the UCU over pension, pay and working conditions.
The union said the dispute centres on changes to the university’s superannuation scheme (USS) and a failure to make improvements on pay, equality, casualisation and workloads.
More than four-fifths (81 per cent) of UCU members at the University of Cambridge polled voted for strikes over changes to USS pensions, while more than three-quarters (76 per cent) backed strikes over pay and conditions.
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