Queen Mary University of London: Strike Compensation or Amicable Solution on Pensions

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We, the undersigned students of Queen Mary University of London, demand up to  £1000 in compensation for every student who is adversely impacted by the UCU's proposed strike actions. 

Alternatively, we ask for the QMSE (Queen Mary Senior Executive) management, the governing Council and the Senate to immediately address the concerns of all staff members by levying pressure on the UUK, to ultimately convene a new JNC in order to open new negotiations between the UUK and the UCU.

If the alternative does hold, the demand for compensation will be nulled. In the event, the QMSE, the governing Council and the Senate fail to facilitate a resolution. We as student's demand to be indemnified for a reasonable sum of up to £1000. This is due to a breach of contractual obligations on QMUL's part, as well as the breach of the substantive legitimate expectation of student's to receive a service for which they have paid for.

We fundamentally believe that if QMSE, the governing Council and the Senate can get together with respective bodies from the other 61 universities partaking in the 4-week long protest (4 out of 24 teaching weeks, 17% of teaching time) and levy joint-pressure on the UUK to form another JNC forum for re-negotiation, an amicable solution may be reached. 

It is saddening to see that staff members part of the UCU have no other option but to partake in a 4-week long protest. We, as students would like to make it expressly clear that we stand by all staff members having their pensions cut by up to £10,000 per year. Hopefully, an amicable solution can be reached on this matter as soon as possible. It is saddening to see that staff members part of the UCU have no other option but to partake in a 4-week long protest. As students, we empathize with their plight, but also have grave concerns for our studies. 

Students may be adversely impacted by either one or a combination of the following: (i) Loss of a lecturer or lecturers; (ii) Loss of tutorial leader or leaders; (iii) Loss of assigned academic tutors; (iv) Inadequate replacement classes, as to quality and expertise; and (v) Multiple lecture and seminar disruptions and/or its re-scheduling conflicting with a student's job or other classes.

Student's are likely to be adversely impacted for an unprecedented duration of 4 weeks (14 academic days.) 4 teaching weeks out of 24 teaching weeks of an academic year constitutes 17% of teaching in the current academic year. Therefore, a demand of up to £1000 in compensation is justified, considering most students are paying fees ranging from £9250 to £18000, per academic year.

A message sent on behalf of Jonathan Morgan, Academic Registrar and Council Secretary stipulates the dates of the proposed action as the following:

Week 1: Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 February

Week 2: Monday 5, Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 March

Week 3: Monday 12, Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14, Thursday 15 and Friday 16 March

Week 4: Monday 14 and Tuesday 20 March

The unprecedented magnitude of the proposed strikes (17% of teaching time in an academic year) is unjustifiable and will be extremely damaging to all students and staff members alike, who are likely to be overstretched as it is. 

 



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