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The second provincial Day of Action at B.C.s universities on October 6 was a huge success, leaving university administrators and the government increasingly nervous.

Campus traffic was snarled at UVic, SFU and UNBC as CUPE members passed out leaflets and spoke with drivers about the employers’ refusal to negotiate an accord for the university sector with government similar to settlements made with the teachers, health care workers, government employees and college instructors.

At UBC, staff leafleted parking lots, pressing their demands for an equitable wage increase, pay equity, improvements to job security and pensions and a long term disability plan.

A third Day of Action is planned for October 14 with CUPE members and allies gathering from across B.C. for a rally outside the legislature buildings in Victoria. The building pressure is reminiscent of Operation Solidarity, when the education sector last experienced province-wide shutdowns in response to wage controls imposed by the Social Credit government.