Guild Summit has voted to support the decision of University staff to participate in the upcoming University College Union (UCU) strikes.
Guild Summit is a democratic body, composed of up to 50 students. Students are selected at random and the selection process incorporates demographics such as gender, mode of study, level of study, ethnicity and mature students. This aims to achieve an accurate representation of views within the University.
The UCU strikes involve dispute concerning the pensions of university lecturers. Under the new changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), the UCU say this would leave a lecturer almost £10,000 worse off in retirement.
Four weeks of strikes have been planned – dates as followed:
Week One: Thursday 22 and Friday 23 February
Week Two: Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 February
Week Three: Monday 5, Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 March
Week Four: Monday 12, Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14, Thursday 15 and Friday 16 March
The Guild has issued the following statement:
This Guild resolves:
- To give full and public support to UCU if industrial action should go ahead, including an immediate public statement from the Guild.
- To inform our students, explaining why the strike is happening and why the Guild support it.
- To lobby the University to oppose the changes to USS. In particular, lobby our Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Janet Beer as President of UUK to negotiate with UCU and find a just solution.