A recent meeting of the Leeds University Council has led to them considering three different options for support staff pensions. All of which are a worse offer than the current USS final salary pension scheme, this is despite extensive lobbying by Unison members to council representatives. As a result a demonstration has been called this Thursday outside the Ziff building where the senior management is based.
REVOLUTION will be attending the lobby and calls on all staff and students to do the same, the work and services provided by support staff are vital to the running of any university and the pensions offered to a lifetime of service should reflect this.
Not only is the current pension scheme both healthy and sustainable but these attacks come at the same time as numerous other attacks are taking place upon campus on members of Unite, Unison and UCU.
This is on top of the £9k fees that students are now expected to pay for access to university education.
The unions should link up with students to form joint councils of action and coordinate strike action with occupations in order to put the management on the back foot and not only fight for their pensions but also to take the fight to the management and overturn the terrible attacks on working conditions that the University management continues to force through.
The Student Union should make it’s position clear, and organise practical solidarity amongst students using it’s resources to mobilise a committed defence of the working conditions of staff, which are fundamental to the SU’s precious ‘student experience’.
The united action and joint strike committee formed at an East London School led to a solid strike which won all the staff’s’ demand and strengthened the position of the teachers for future struggles. This is an excellent example, which will be encouraging staff and students to emulate in Leeds.
4Pm Ziff Building, Thursday 31 May https://www.facebook.com/events/283597208402736/