Guess what: we are on strike. Again. This time, our employers have at last decided to negotiate, and there are rumours emerging of actual progress in those negotiations. While on strike I have done a long series of overdue domestic tasks, the last of which was admitting the man from EDF to replace our traditionalContinue reading Data: it is everywhere. Part 4: utilities time series.
We have had another round of strike days over the last few weeks. The dispute between university staff across the UK and their employers rumbles on, in a period of high inflation. I therefore felt that it was time to update the plots in my previous blog posts regarding how much we are paid. First,Continue reading Data: it is every where (Part 3(c): the #ucuRISING inflation update)
After two weeks back at work, we are back on strike for a week, as university staff get angrier and angrier, and senior management retire into their bunkers and pretend to each other that the problem will go away. So, I have time to revisit my previous post on how our pay has changed overContinue reading Data: it is every where (Part 3(b): the #UCUStrike bonus extra)
Well, we are on strike again (see previous posts passim ad nauseam: here, here, and here, among others). The current wave of strikes are in two parts: the ongoing dispute over our pension scheme (affecting the pre-1992 universities) and a dispute over pay and working conditions (affecting all UK universities). The pensions dispute is extremelyContinue reading Data: it is everywhere (Part 3: the #UCUStrike edition)
Well, I am still on strike. At least it means I can take advantage of any non-horrid weather to get some garden jobs done. This time of year is when I do one of the most physically demanding tasks: removing last year’s compost from the greenhouse and putting some fresh compost in, so that itContinue reading Compost, lovely compost.
Well, here we all are again, out on strike. I am furious and very disappointed that it has come to this. Yesterday was very similar to the first strike day in March 2018: A wet soggy morning on the picket line at King’s Buildings… … followed by a rally in Bristo Square. The PA systemContinue reading Sigh. Again.
Today is the last day of the current wave of strikes; tomorrow I have to go back into work as usual. The dispute is, unfortunately, far from over, and I anticipate further industrial action during the exam marking period. To mark the last day of strikes, my colleagues ran a “teach-out”; this seems to meanContinue reading Ripples
When I posted two weeks ago about being on strike, I had rather assumed that the dispute would have moved forward enough by this stage for us to be back at work. Sadly, that is not the case. Progress has been made: our employers have stopped saying that the whole thing is a done dealContinue reading Still on strike
Well, that was an unusual day at work. Or, rather, not at work; I have spent the day on strike. Now, I have mentioned strikes in this blog before, noting that our strikes are usually just a day or two over below-inflation pay rises, and that little usually comes of them. This strike is different,Continue reading Out, (yet again) brothers and sisters!
Sigh. I am on strike for a couple of days. You might wonder what university lecturers do when they are on strike, and, indeed, why they bother. What we do while we are on strike probably differs a lot from person to person. I am not the sort of person who likes standing on picketContinue reading Out, sisters and brothers, out!