Staff strikes accused of becoming “ineffective”

FURTHER strikes took place across universities nationwide on Thursday (6th), in protest at an offer of a pay rise of just 1%. The turnout on picket lines in Aberystwyth was smaller than past strikes, however, with no one at all staying past midday.

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Photo – Eddie Whitehead

One lecturer, who wished to remain anonymous, told Aberystwyth Student Media that despite striking twice previously, they felt unable to strike again on Thursday after already having lost two days worth of pay.

Lecturers have stated that they feel as if the University is not listening to them, making striking an “ineffective tool” which only affects striking staff and their students, through having to rearrange classes and catch up on work.

Tomorrow morning (10th) is set to be another day of strikes. Limited to 2 hours between 9 and 11 a.m., the UCU  (University and College Union) have decided to remain allocated to this time as to keep the impact on teaching time to a minimum.