University Staff Strike Over Pay

Staff At Universities Around The UK Held A One Day Strike On Thursday.

LISTEN BACK: FreshAir News Special Broadcast with interviews from student, staff and those affected.

Fresh Air News - Strike Special - 31st October, 12:45pm by Freshairnews on Mixcloud

WHO: Lecturers, tutors, support and academic staff who are members of Unite, Unison and the Universities and Colleges Union.

WHY: University staff wages have been subject to a pay freeze since 2008. The unions have rejected a pay offer of 1% which they say represents a 13% pay cut in real terms since 2008.

WHAT WILL BE AFFECTED AT UoE: Lectures and classes could be cancelled at short notice. University building such as the Library will also be affected.

A University spokesperson told FreshAirNEWS: “The strike action could affect teaching, the library and some University services. Whilst it is not possible to predict the extent of this action or the impact that it may have, the University will do all it reasonably can to minimise disruption to academic and support activities.”

LIVE UPDATES

13:46 It seems most events today are drawing to a close now. The University library is fully open. Students should continue to check student email for updates.

13:30 EUSA Vice President S&A tells Alasdair Keane she is looking out for constituents in a “professional” capacity not “personal.”

NADIA MEHDI EUSA VPSA - looking out for constituents in a “professional” capacity not “personal.” by Freshairnews on Mixcloud

12:45 SPEACIAL BROADCAST On Air now. Listen in for all the latest.

11:47 Bristo Square Rally due to start at 12noon. Look below for our LIVE Twitter feed.

11:26 From our reporter Alasdair Keane “Picket lines are slowly beginning to quieten down with a focus moving towards outside the main library. The next big event will be a rally at 12noon in Bristo Square”

10:29 One Student tells us “I wasn’t going to restrict my education. My lecturers are still lecturing today”

Student - Why I Crossed Picket Line by Freshairnews on Mixcloud

10:19 EUSA have tweeted to say “Students at Edinburgh University don’t need to hand in essays today” and that Moray House Library is also closed today.

10:10 - Lecturer tells us why she is on strike

Lecturer - Why I'm On Strike by Freshairnews on Mixcloud

31/10/2013 09:05 - CONFIRMED The main University library is OPEN today.

30/10/2013 22:50 - INTERVIEW with MAX CREMA (NUS Regional Campaign Organiser)

We will try to keep you updated with the latest news and information on disruption here. University advice is to check your student email for updates.

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