King's College London, put striking staff's wages into student hardship fund
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University staff are not paid for the days they go on strike. We demand that the wages forfeited by staff members on strike be deposited into the KCL Hardship Fund, which assists students on low incomes, as has been done at other universities.
The very same marketisation agenda that sees universities under-investing in staff is the same that has led to ballooning rents, and of growing numbers of students having to work multiple part-time jobs simply to get by; it has therefore also meant many students either having to rely on hardship financial support in times of crisis, or risk leaving King’s.
It would therefore be duly appropriate that when staff strike, the wages that they forgo should be placed where it will directly benefit students. The funds should not be absorbed into KCL’s annual turnover.
We, the undersigned, call on university management to commit the money saved on the wages of striking staff members at KCL to supporting student hardship.
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