Today (6 November 2014) is the beginning of an indefinite marking boycott by UCU members in a dispute over pensions. This action will be taking place in 69 universities around Britain.
Marxist students support this boycott because the changes will mean a cut in the annual pension income of some staff of 27%. Education is a vital part of society and those who provide it should be paid fairly for their work.
The marketisation of education and the move towards profit-driven universities, in the context of capitalist crisis, means that fair pay and decent education can only be guaranteed through a fundamental change to society. This is why Marxist students stand for socialist revolution.
87% of UCU members voted in favour of this action on the highest turnout in the union’s history. We are proud to support our staff in their struggle.