This handbook provides advice which may be useful to branch execs, and other activists and campaign organisers, in organising strike action and associated campaigning. It was originally released ahead of the 2019 [UCU] strike days, and has been updated based on the experience of the 2019 action. This document was previously hosted by the UCU Branch Solidarity Network.
The main areas covered are:
● picketing: the most powerful, enduring symbol of industrial action
● demos/rallies: allow the striking community to meet together, and demonstrate its size, in a way that picketing can’t, so plan to include elements of both. Many branches tend to organisea morning session of picketing followed by a group rally
● leaflet production: produce your own leaflets to make the message as local as possible
● teach-outs: alternative education sessions off-campus
● activism at a distance: it’s important to include members who want to contribute to the strike action but can’t picket in person, for example because of disabilities. Promote both formal off-campus striking and supportive acts of all kinds.
● digital organisation: this has become an increasing focus for effective communication and publicity in recent years. It often works best in combination with face-to-face and traditional print-based approaches.