Thursday, November 28, 2013

Student Guide To Supporting Strikes

There was a dress-up aspect to the picket lines at Halloween
A comrade has produced the following text for next week's higher education strikes, explaining to students the importance of supporting the action by university staff, and suggesting ways this can be achieved. A leaflet can be downloaded from this location, and references to Liverpool could be changed to something more appropriate to comrades in other areas:

On Tuesday 3rd December, university staff will be striking over pay and conditions. This leaflet aims to persuade students to support the strike and give advice on how to support it.

Why you should support the strike

• University staff came out in support of students’fight against tuition fee hikes in 2010. While we lost this fight, we should show the staff the same support that they gave us.

• Many students hope to work in academia after we graduate. The pay and conditions of university staff today could be our pay and conditions in the future.

• Academic and support staff make our education possible through their work. Giving up one day of work in order to support them is hardly a big ask. 

Picket lines

Staff will be picketing university buildings that are still open. They do this in order to persuade both other staff and students to support the strike by not going into those buildings. If you wish to support university staff, do not cross picket lines – by entering a building being picketed you undermine the strike’s effectiveness. This will include libraries and administrative buildings.

In order to support staff on pickets:

• Take the time to get any books or resources you need to check out the day before.

• If you need to work on the day of a strike, prepare to work from home or a public library (Liverpool Central Library on William Brown Street has plenty of computers and printers that you can use).

• If you have deadlines on or near the day of the strike, talk to your lecturers and course reps about an extension.

Join the pickets! Approach staff and ask them if they would like your help, spend some time on the picket line and try to persuade other students not to cross.
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