Dear JCR and MCR Committee members,
We wanted to let you know that on Wednesday and Thursday (starting 25th May) there will be a strike of university staff over pay, gender inequality and casualisation (e.g. zero hour contracts). It is important that students know this is taking place because there will be picket lines across the university including near some exam sites. None of the pickets will disrupt, but the strike could affect students if those marking, invigilating or teaching are on strike during those two days. After the strike, staff will be working 'to contract' which means no unpaid overtime, and this is also likely to affect students.
We are getting in touch to ask you urgently to let students in your colleges know about the strike so that worry is minimised and so students know what is going on. We strongly encourage you to send students a notifying email tonight or tomorrow morning. We are supervisors and lecturers ourselves and we don't want students to be more stressed during this exam period as a result of the strike.
The union has voted for the strike in order to fight for a higher quality of education and teaching for students through improving the working conditions of staff. We do not take the disruption of students' education at all lightly. If you would like to read more about the reasons for the strike, please see our website here: https://cambridgeucuaction.wordpress.com/reasons-for-the-strike/
If you would like to know more about why students should support the strike, see our flyer here: https://cambridgeucuaction.wordpress.com/why-should-students-support-the-strike/, visit our picket lines, wear a purple felt square (available from the picket lines on Pembroke Street, the Sidgwick Site and Old Schools) or come to our rally at 12.30pm on Wednesday 25 May at Wesley Methodist Church.
Thanks for your help
Cambridge UCU Strike Committee:
Dr Waseem Yaqoob
Randall Dillard Research Fellow,Pembroke College, and Research Staff Rep, UCU
Dr Jos Betts
Research Associate, CRASSH and Ordinary Member, UCU
PhD Candidate, King's College, and Hourly Paid Rep, UCU