Fri 1st Nov by Danielle, Jo, Maheen and Hannah
Strikers' Explanations for the Industrial Action
Surge News interviewed a number of different strikers at the campuses about the strike that has taken place due to a pay dispute. We asked why they were striking, what they hoped to achieve and what they thought the consequences would be for students.
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.