There’s a big strike going on today that a lot of the teachers are involved in, so we got the following e-mail. Unfortunately, I don’t have any classes on Wednesdays anyway, so nothing is cancelled for me!
“On Wednesday 30th November, a national day of action will be taking place across the country, with up to 3 million people estimated to go on strike. Here in Birmingham, the local branch of UCU [University and College Union] will be starting their campaign of industrial action in disagreement with reforms to pensions.
This is also being repeated across the country.
UCU are currently requesting that University employers return to negotiations and seek an agreement to any changes to the pension scheme.
you may experience disruption to lectures or seminars as a consequence of the strike.
If you have any questions or queries then please contact your University Department, or for further support please visit the Advice and Representation Centre at the Guild, or contact myself.”
I think it’s interesting when I read things like: “The Department for Education said it believed that more than half of England’s 21,700 state schools (58%) are closed, with a further 13% partially open. About 13% are operating as normal, while the rest (16%) are unknown." I don’t think we’ve ever really had anything like that in the States, where the entire country was so affected; if anything, it’s more of a state-by-state issue in the US, and I can see some similarities between this and the recent Issue 2 in Ohio’s elections this month.
I’m writing one of my essays on the creative discourse used in political protests, so I’ll probably be watching the news all day as part of my research!