Make the University, not students, pay for the strike

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The University of Oxford has been instrumental in the push to replace lecturers' current pension scheme with a less generous and less secure "defined contribution scheme."  In response to the attacks on lecturer pensions, UCU (the union which represents lecturers and other university staff) have called a strike. During the strike, the fees which we gave the University to pay its staff, are instead stagnating in University coffers. We believe that the University, not staff and students, should suffer the consequences of the strike. Consequently, we the undersigned students of the University of Oxford call on the University to:
1. Return, with UUK, to the negotiating table with UCU immediately, and ensure that academic staff receive a fair pension plan.
2. Compensate students financially for the teaching which the University has failed to provide, at a rate proportionate to the daily cost of tuition. (For domestic undergraduate students, this would be 1/120th of £9,000, or £75, for each day that the strike persists, given that such students have spent £9,000 a year for 24 × 5 days of tuition.)
3. Ensure that, if lectures are cancelled due to strikes, students are not examined on those topics which they could not be taught.



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