Wednesday, December 11, 2013

CYM Supports Lecturers Strike!

Connolly Youth Movement supports the UCU, Unite and Unison university staff strike on the 3rd December and urges students to show solidarity with the strike by joining them on the picket line. University staff have seen their pay cut by 13% over the past 4 years while the cost of living has continued to rise. At the same time staff are being asked to undertake increasing workloads to the detriment of their health and teaching. Around 30% of staff are working over 50 hours a week and a large proportion of higher education institutions are using precarious zero hours contracts. At the same time over half of vice-chancellors are receiving salaries of over £242,000. The conditions imposed on university staff have a direct impact on students.

Overworked and underpaid staff's teaching ability is reduced and so the quality of education students receive mirrors the working conditions of those that teach them. This is happening at the same time as higher education tuition fees, and their associated debts, are dramatically increasing and educational grants decimated. Both students and university staff have a common struggle against austerity, the destruction of our education services, the rights of who those who work within it and young people's futures. We do not have to accept these conditions which have been thrust upon us by those who seek to profit from them. Through collective action workers and students can demand social change for a system that supports a decent standard of living for workers and an education system geared towards supporting students rather than market forces.

Strike Information

Queens University, Belfast: Rally at 1pm at QUB Student Union University of Ulster: Picketing at Campus entrances throughout the day.

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