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From The Socialist newspaper, 3 July 2019

Birmingham uni workers strike against terms and conditions attacks

Birmingham University support workers on strike, 28.6.19, photo by Nick Hart

Birmingham University support workers on strike, 28.6.19, photo by Nick Hart   (Click to enlarge)

Unison members working in catering, cleaning and security held a well-supported one-day strike at the University of Birmingham on 28 June. They were protesting against the removal of premium payments for weekend and anti-social hours and reduction of holiday entitlement by a week.

They also expect some staff to commence collecting work materials in their own time instead of the university's as is currently the case. In addition, they refuse to become a Living Wage employer unlike many other universities.

There were well attended and lively picket lines at several entrances and a mood of defiance over the university's intentions. The vice chancellor, who is currently on a basic salary of 447,000 a year plus an 80,000 bonus and other perks, has demanded a real terms pay cut for his lowest paid workers.

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