People walk with placards. One reads "Respect and Value me" another reads "Micro-manage this"

In Photos: UCU Rally on College Green

The first week of UCU strikes at City of Bristol College came to an end with a mass rally on College Green.

Staff from college sites at College Green, Ashley Down and the South Bristol Skills Academy across the city have been on strike since Monday over pay and conditions. There are a further seven days of strike action planned across October.

Read more: Strikes begin at City of Bristol College

At 11am on Wednesday (September 28) morning the strikers gathered for a rally where they heard from speakers including Justine Mercer, UCU president-elect, Brendan Kelly of the RMT and Kevin Beazer of the CWU, who also had workers on strike today.

UCU branch secretary Julian Wilcox said that recent cuts, poor pay and workloads have pushed staff to the edge. He said many of those on the pickets are first-time strikers and that membership inquiries have increased dramatically since the strikes began.

A man in a dragon onesie holds a UCU official dispute placard.
Image: Rob J Browne.
Two men carry a banner for the Bristol Trades Union Council. Behind them us a column of people marching towards the camera.
Image: Rob J Browne.
A placard reads "micro-manage this" and has arrows pointing outwards in each direction. Around the placard is a crowd of people.
Strikers have complained about micro-management at the college adding to their stress. Image: Rob J Browne.
A large crowd walks across grass. Some hold placards. One reads "7 in 10 FE staff want to quit"
Image: Rob J Browne.
People walk with placards. One reads "Respect and Value me" another reads "Micro-manage this"
Image: Rob J Browne.

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