Vice Chancellors: stop threatening staff with punitive pay deductions if they refuse to reschedule classes cancelled due to strike action. These threats make a mockery of the right to strike without penalty other than loss of pay for strike days. They are damaging your university's international reputation and relationships with staff.
Why is this important?
University staff are being threatened with punitive pay deductions if they refuse to reschedule lectures and other classes cancelled due to strike action. This makes a mockery of the right to strike without penalty other than loss of pay for strike days. It's like demanding that striking miners should do unpaid overtime when they return to work to make up some of the hours lost during the strike, and docking pay from those who refuse despite the fact that they are working their normal full hours.
Update: great news! The University of St Andrews and Keele University have reversed their position on deducting pay from staff who refuse to reschedule classes cancelled due to strike action. The Vice Chancellors of these universities are therefore no longer included as intended recipients of this petition. However, several other universities are still taking this position (see https://ucustrike.wordpress.com/academic-boycott-list/) and this petition in intended for any VC of such an institution.
How it will be delivered
Maybe get staff at each institution to deliver in person to their Vice Chancellor.
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