Thu 31st Oct by Danielle, Jo, Maheen and Hannah
Students' Responses to the Strike
Surge News interviewed a number of different students at the campuses today about the strike that has taken place due to a pay dispute. We found out how much they actually knew about the strike and what they thought it was about, whether they had been affected and their view on the matter.
The strike has occurred as part of a national stand, with University and College Union, Unison and Unite all taking joint action. The union members have rejected a pay offer of 1%, as they say they say represents a 13% pay cut in real terms since 2009.
We also spoke to the University of Southampton and a spokesperson said:
"In light of today's industrial action by UCU, Unison and Unite, the University will remain open and is continually assessing the situation to minimise disruption to students, staff and visitors. It is expected that students will come to University as normal and any changes to teaching timetables will be communicated as early as possible. Some University services are likely to be affected, including catering and library services."
“The University respects the right of union members to take industrial action. In accordance with University policy, staff are only legally permitted to participate in industrial action if they are a member of a recognised trade union and that union is in dispute with the University. Unofficial industrial action taken by non-union members will lead to disciplinary action.”
Photo courtesy of the Wessex Scene.