College supervisors support strike despite inability to participate
A campaign to improve pay for college supervisors backs strikes despite being unable to participate.
Because they don’t have the “employment contracts that are a pre-requisite to striking,” the Justice for College Supervisors (#J4CS) campaign supports strikes through a “postcard campaign.”
The action consists of collecting postcards signed by supervisors paid by the hour and supporting the demands of the campaign. They demand the guarantee of training allowances, the opening of negotiations on “secure employment contracts” and a salary increase.
A campaign representative said University that “the college oversight system is so exploitative that most of us don’t even have the right to bargain with our employers and have our jobs removed from colleges in protest.”
The campaign is part of the larger framework of the UCU’s anti-precariousness movement, one of the “Four Fights”. Strike activity for the “Quatre Combats” will take place over two weeks, first from Monday February 21 to Tuesday February 22, then from Monday February 28 to Wednesday March 2.
Although unable to strike themselves, the campaign said it “stands in full solidarity with our fellow strikers” this week.
The campaign also condemned the decision by the Association of University and College Employers recommendation that staff taking “measures other than strikes” should have their salaries reduced. In a comment, they said it was “indicative of the dire state of UK higher education” and that “UK higher education has institutionalized overwork and underpayment” as staff were “penalized for having worked to contract”.
The strike against pension cuts began today (14/02), with over 50 students joining staff on picket lines at the Senate, Downing site and Sidgwick site.
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