On Halloween, many lecturers and university staff are heading out on strike against a 13% pay cut in real terms over the last four years. CUSU is encouraging students to support them and walk out with them, rallying with us in the centre of town. Properly remunerated and supported staff are essential to excellent education provision at Cambridge, and so we ask that you rally with and support your lecturers to keep them teaching at one of the world’s leading Universities.
This directly affects students who are intending to enter into a career in academia.
University staff, including many of our lecturers, will be protesting against a 13% pay cut in real terms. The decision to take strike action is not something which is considered lightly, and in this case it has involved a national democratic ballot of three unions – University and College Union (UCU), UNISON, and Unite.
Thursday, 31 October
Venue: In front of Great St. Mary’s Church
There will be picket lines at most major University lecture sites from 7.30am to 11am. The main rally will be in front of Great St. Mary’s Church at noon.
**Why are staff and lecturers striking**
– In real terms, they have faced a 13% pay cut over the last four years.
– Writing in The Observer, Will Hutton described this as “one of the largest sustained wage cuts any profession has suffered since the Second World War”.
– Pay and benefits for university managers have increased, on average, by more than £5,000 in 2011-2012, with the average pay and pensions package for vice-chancellors hitting almost £250,000 according to the annual Times Higher Education Grant Thornton pay survey.
– The National Union of Students (NUS) and CUSU are supporting the strike.
**How to help**
Show your support! The effectiveness of the strike on Thursday will be dependent, in part, on whether students cross the picket lines. The greater the number of students who respect the picket lines, the more effective the strike will be. One way, therefore, in which students can support university staff on strike is by not crossing the picket lines and by joining other students and lecturers at Great St. Mary’s at noon on 31 October.
I hope that you will take a moment to consider supporting your lecturers.
Thanks for your attention.
*Support your lecturers on Thursday at the rally – 12.00 noon at Great St. Mary’s*
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