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University Strikes At Cardiff. Quick Summary.

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05/03/2018 Lecturers and Strike supporters around Cardiff University Students Union

The University strikes began on Thursday the 22nd of February and are set to continue till March the 16th after a five day walkout.

Why is this happening?

The Strikes began due to an unresolved dispute between the University College Union (UCU) and the employer’s representative University’s UK (UUK) over changes being made to the Universerties Superannuation Scheme (USS ) pension plan. The changes to the pension scheme would reduce lecturers pensions to 20% of their current amount.

The UCU claims this will mean a £10,000 a year loss for staff during retirement.

Cardiff University is one of the 61 universities that have decided to take industrial action against these strikes. 89% cardiff UCU members voted in favour.

How are students reacting?

Many students over the last two weeks have lost out on many contact hours with lecturers which has led to growing frustration. Leading to a growing demand for compensation from the university.

At Cardiff University £9,000 a year per student is paid in tuition fees. Students demand money back for contact hours missed. 3,900 cardiff university students have signed the petition that demands every affected student to receive £840 back.

Not only in Cardiff but over 100,000 students across the UK have also signed such petition demanding compensation.

At the moment on the gov.uk/petitions website most of the petitions signed have been rejected.

Updates

  • Strikes have resumed on Monday after Cardiff University was closed from Wednesday to Friday due Snow.
  • Vice Chancellor Colin Riordan held a Q&A session at Bingo Hall, Cathays Community Centre, at 12 noon today over the current pensions dispute.
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