Jane Rendell

After the Strike?

‘After the Strike? ‘Part 1: The Transitional Space of the Picket Line,’ and ‘Part 2: Solidarity In and Out’, Igea Troiani and Claudia Dutson (eds) special issue of Architecture and Culture (2021), Volume 9, Issue 1, Space to Think: The Contested Architectures of Higher Education

This two-part essay explores the activities of strikers at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL over a 14 day-period in the early spring of 2018. These days were part of the 2018 University and College Union (UCU) Pension Strike, one of the largest strikes of university academics in recent times, which occurred over a 4-week period, with strike days increasing from two days in the first week, to five by the final week. This was a strike to protect the pensions of university workers as a defined benefit scheme rather than a defined contribution one. This essay is structured as a two-stranded diary, weaving together textual materials taken from the Strike chronicle and website produced at the time, with critical
reflections written in the present, concerning the current state of the neo-liberal university, discussing issues relating to pensions – namely institutional critique, ethics and equity, labor and work, precarity and care.

DOI: 10.1080/20507828.2021.1827481

DOI: 10.1080/20507828.2021.1836776

For more information and images about the strike, see https://www.s-t-r-i-k-e.org/ designed and produced by David Roberts.