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Liverpool Students’ Union issue message of support

LSU have issued a much-appreciated message of support for our strike action on Thursday. The message is available at their website:
http://www.l-s-u.com/news/index.php?page=article&news_id=244283

We all very much welcome the students’ support and hope that they can support us at our pickets.

Liverpool Students’ Union supports UCU, the academic staff’s trade union, as they protest on the national day of action on Thursday 24th March against the impact of cuts in higher education.

Lecturers across the UK are facing attacks on their pensions and, with all public sector workers, high and increasing inflation which will lead to real cuts in their pay. The added uncertainty of job-security in a time of harsh and unfair cuts from Government means that academic staff are under incredible stress and strain.

We want academic staff, now and in the future, to be working in a secure and well-rewarded profession. They are the most important people in a students’ learning experience. This day of protest will bring students and staff together to demand respect and support for higher education and we hope that Government and Universities realise the risks in dangerous cuts.

We have asked UCU to make sure that students are not innocent victims in protests this week and in the coming months. We’re pleased that UCU have confirmed that they will ask members participating in the protests to explain to students what they are doing in advance and try to find a way to rearrange the missed contact. We’re also pleased that UCU have put pressure on the Vice-Chancellor to transfer all money saved, through not paying staff participating in the protest, into the student hardship fund.

Students take Action NOW!

1. Support UCU at their pickets on Thursday 24th March from 8am – 12pm
2. Join LSU, LGOS and Hope Students Union on the TUC marching for an alternative on Saturday 26th March in London. Bus tickets are on sale from LSU reception at the Haigh building. They cost £10 but when students attend, they get £5 back.

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