Thursday 20th – Friday 21st of Feb
Monday 24th – Wednesday 26th of Feb

I am on strike. The background to this is summed up by these points: In higher education…

  • women are paid on average 15.1% less than men
  • the disability pay gap is 8.7%
  • black academic staff earn 12-13% less than white colleagues of the same gender and experience
  • salaries have fallen against inflation by over 20% since 2009.
  • academic staff work over 50 hours during a typical week.
  • Over 100,000 staff are employed on fixed-term contracts, and a further 70,000 are employed on other casual contracts.

The industrial action is intended to force the employers who run higher education to improve the situation in four specific areas:

  • Inequality
  • Casualization
  • Workload
  • Salaries

While I am on strike, I will not be checking or sending emails. I will read your message when I return to work after the strike action and will respond in due course.

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Infographic poster explaining key statistics for the industrial action. This repeats some of the statistics listed earlier in the email.

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