Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Lecturers walk out: world continues to yawn

It appears that university lecturers are planning a one-day strike.
Thousands of university lecturers will take part in a one-day strike on Tuesday, union leaders have said.

The action by the Association of University Teachers (AUT) in Scotland is part of a UK-wide walkout over pay.

Of course, the real question is—given the extraordinarily low level of lecturer/student contact—will anybody actually notice?
Alastair Hunter, the president of AUT Scotland, said: "Lecturers' pay has declined by 40% in relative terms over the last 20 years.

Given that there still seem to be enough lecturers to keep these universities going (and justify charging the fees), that would tend to suggest that 20 years ago, the universities were overpaying their lecturers. By about 40% in real terms.
The campaign has won the backing of 27 MSPs, who have signed a motion of support at the Scottish Parliament, while more than 120 MPs have signed an early day motion in Westminster supporting the claims.

Which is why these generous MPs are going to donate a percentage of their salaries to the hard-pressed lecturers, is that right? Oh, no, hang on: what they what is for us to donate a further portion of our salaries to help the poor academics.

Cheers, guys: thanks a fucking bunch...

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