Overwhelming agreement with UCU strike in City referendum

City University students have voted overwhelmingly to support staff members’ eight-day strike in a referendum conducted by City Students’ Union.

In a “landslide vote” of 73 per cent, 656 students voted to support the strike. 218 members voted against it and 21 abstained.

“I think the right to strike is one of the most fundamental pillars of a democratic society. I fully support the teachers’ strike,” said Daisy Bata, 27, a journalist and MA student at City University.

“It’s shameful that teachers are working on unstable contracts or need other jobs to maintain themselves while politicians give themselves pay rises.”

The City students’ union has committed, over the next few days, to use union resources to support the strike and picket lines. It has subsequently published a statement on its website to support striking staff.

Union sabbatical officers will also join staff on picket lines and will encourage other students to do the same.

As well as City, 42 other universities across the UK are taking industrial action over pay, pensions and working conditions. They include UCL, Goldsmiths, Queen Mary and many other institutions. Additionally, 14 other universities are taking action over only pay and working conditions.

University and College Union (UCU) members will also be taking “action short of a strike”. This means they will, according to UCU, “not cover for absent colleagues”, and “not undertake any voluntary activities”, amongst other actions.

The UCU ran strikes last year, as part of industrial action against 64 universities. This dispute was also in part over pensions and pay.

Photo credit: Sabah Hussain.

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