University vice-chancellors pay scandal – for democratically elected management on a workers’ wage!

University vice-chancellors’ average salaries ballooned to £272,000 last year, a £12,000 increase on 2014. Freedom of Information requests by the University and Colleges Union (UCU) uncovered these “inflation-busting” pay packages, along with additional data on expenses that reveal the lavish lifestyles enjoyed by fatcats leeching off the university sector. The UCU Read more…

Open University staff strike

Last week, Open University staff in Cambridge took to the streets in reaction to government plans to close down several regional centres. UCU (University and College Union) members from Manchester, Cambridge, Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff – to name but a few of the cities that will see strike action in Read more…

Solidarity with teaching assistants at KCL

  Marxist Students have lent their support and solidarity to a campaign at King’s College London (KCL) fighting to achieve fair pay and reasonable working conditions for part-time student staff. General Teaching Assistants (GTAs) are widely-exploited by university management as a source of cheap labour, being saddled with complex duties including marking, Read more…

Justice for Blacklisted workers!

In February 2009 a raid by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) exposed the existence of a blacklist containing the personal details of 3,213 people, largely construction workers. This blacklist had operated as the ‘Consulting Association’ from 1993 and had been used by over 40 UK construction companies to deny work Read more…