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Motion passed by NUS NEC in Support of joint unions’ strike action

November 28, 2013
NEC believes
• People who work for our universities, from lecturers to library staff, are taking strike action
on 3 December. This is the second day of strike action that has been organised this term bythe trade unions UCU, Unison and Unite
• The strike has been called over a 1% pay offer, which represents a real terms wage cut.
This comes after many years of declining wages. Academic staff have seen a real-terns paycut of 13.8% since 2009
• Many of the workers taking part in action will also tell you that their reasons for striking
include ever increasing work-loads, low-pay, casualistion, zero-hour contracts, bullying anddiscrimination
• Many students are among those who will be striking, including the many thousands who rely on teaching and part time work to continue their studies
• The strike on 31 October drew wide support from students, many of whom joined rallies and pickets in support of those on strike.NEC further believes
• The issues the strike relates to directly affect students. Under-paid, overworked and undervalued staff are never going to be able to give students the best possible help and support, however dedicated they may be
• This strike is part of both the fight to defend education and to beat back the brutal austerity policies that are seeing jobs destroyed, living standards decimated and the future for the next generation snatched away
• Strikes are the most powerful weapon working people have to fight to change things for the better – they demonstrate the huge potential power of workers
• For Students, this strike may be a minor inconvenience in the short-term, but the long term
damage that’s being done to education will have far more detrimental effects if it goes
NEC resolves
• To stand in complete solidarity with workers taking strike action in our universities
• To produce a leaflet for distribution on campuses, explaining why students should support
strikes and attend picket lines to bring support and solidarity
• To make the campaign to support the strike a top item on the NUS website and use social
media networks to publicise it
• To write to all students unions advising them to host joint public meetings with campus
trade unions in the run up to the strike to attempt to raise awareness of the issues
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