Living Full Lives 2020 – A note on the upcoming #UCU strike action

Slide which shows images from across the project - largely disabled children's artwork, our publications and a title stating the event is happening.Seventy-four UK universities will be hit with 14 days of strike action in February and March 2020.

The disputes centre on the sustainability of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) and rising costs for members, and on universities’ failure to make significant improvements on pay, equality, casualisation and workloads.

The action will start on Thursday 20 February and escalate each week, culminating with a week-long walkout from Monday 9 to Friday 13 March.

As a Research Team at a University that has voted to participate in the strikes, we have decided to go ahead with our end of project event, Living Full Lives 2020, despite it now taking place on a strike day of action.

We have made this difficult decision out of acknowledgement that many of our disabled participants, their parents and families, and our disabled young co-researchers – all of who work outside of the Academy – have already booked travel, accommodation and care/PA support in order to attend the event.

We stand by our university colleagues, and will observe the digital picket on Friday 21st February, out of respect for those taking strike action. A digital picket line is an online and electronic boycott of institutions whose workers are on strike; you can read more about this here.

If you have any questions, please email k.liddiard@sheffield.ac.uk

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