Together Against Trump – Newcastle Protest 3 June 2019

Anya Cook UCU National Executive Speaking today for Newcastle Unites Our anti-racist coalition stands for the people of Newcastle ⁃ be they of left or of right ⁃ Be they of binary or non binary ⁃ Be they of faith or of no faith ⁃ And whatever their immigration status We are united against all … Continue reading Together Against Trump – Newcastle Protest 3 June 2019

Why I Am Protesting Against Donald Trump’s State Visit to the UK in June 2019

Born with a golden Wonka Bar ticket in his mouth, Donald Trump is the Augustus Gloop of global politics; stirring centre stage with a big spoon, unable to follow the recipe. This greedy brute may have been able to buy everything he ever wanted - jobs, cars, women, presidency, silence - but he is not … Continue reading Why I Am Protesting Against Donald Trump’s State Visit to the UK in June 2019

Speaking to FE16 Workload and Contact Hours at UCU FE Sector Conference 2019

Anya Cook Newcastle College Branch Secretary National Executive We have been challenging workload in a systematic campaign since 2014. We have had some wins and our UCU President came to the branch to celebrate with us in 2017. Our Workload Working Group model of working was rolled out nationally by UCU in the national workload … Continue reading Speaking to FE16 Workload and Contact Hours at UCU FE Sector Conference 2019

Tyne & Wear May Day March and Rally 2019

Tyne and Wear May Day March and Rally 2019 Anya Cook UCU National Executive speaking for Newcastle Unites Good Afternoon. The first thing I want to do is to invite you to the Unity Carnival, Saturday 6th July. It starts with a walk from The Beacon in the West End of Newcastle and ends here, … Continue reading Tyne & Wear May Day March and Rally 2019

One Servant, Two Masters (Three Candidates): UCU general secretary election 2019

The good ship UCU has been without a steer on the wheel since October last year. The imminent election for general secretary presents an opportunity to turn the rudder and plot a new course. Whoever wins is a servant to the union, a servant to masters in both higher and further education. The truth is … Continue reading One Servant, Two Masters (Three Candidates): UCU general secretary election 2019

Solidarity with Christchurch & Bahr Academy. No hate in our beautiful city. (Counter-demonstration against the North East Patriots)

Good Afternoon Anya Cook UCU National Executive Speaking today for Newcastle Unites I would like to start with a lyric from Akala - he’s a rapper, poet, author, political activist: “Racism, sexism and nationality Just to me it all seems like insanity Why must I rob you of your humanity To feel good about mine?” … Continue reading Solidarity with Christchurch & Bahr Academy. No hate in our beautiful city. (Counter-demonstration against the North East Patriots)

Speech to support NEU’s motion on SEND at #NTUC19

Anya Cook UCU National Executive and Branch Secretary at Newcastle College Chronic underfunding of schools and colleges through privatisation and cuts is leading to failings. In Northumberland, in October, the combined inspection by Ofsted with the Care Quality Commission into SEND failed spectacularly. Their report highlights severe staff shortages, severely overworked staff and gaps in … Continue reading Speech to support NEU’s motion on SEND at #NTUC19