Sunday photoblogging: Pensions strike!

by Chris Bertram on March 11, 2018

Photography can’t always be about aesthetics. As Miriam posted about the other day, academics and many academic-related staff in the UK are currently on strike in defence of our pensions which are under threat from a plan to shift all the risk from institutions to individuals and to leave us thousands of pounds worse off in our retirement. It is a considerable achievement for managers paid vast sums of money on account of their managerial abilities to have engineered a situation where their staff vote 9:1 for strike action. Anyway, it has, so far been a determined and somewhat joyful action in which we have rediscovered what we have in common. However this ends (and the signs are good) the atmosphere in our workplaces will have changed forever. People really are really missing their students, teaching, and research and are loving the support and solidarity we’ve had from our students. But I doubt that bullying micromanagement will be as passively accepted in the future as it has been in the past.

USU Pensions strike 2018-11

{ 7 comments }

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AR Duncan-Jones 03.11.18 at 1:50 pm

Bravo! And good luck, you deserve it.

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JRLRC 03.11.18 at 6:04 pm

Well done. Good luck!

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Alan White 03.11.18 at 8:12 pm

Good for all of you. Just having retired I can assure you how very important this is.

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Pete 03.12.18 at 1:23 pm

“considerable achievement for managers paid vast sums of money on account of their managerial abilities to have engineered a situation where their staff vote 9:1 for strike action”

I thought this was the normal failure mode for British-managed businesses: faced with a choice between treating the staff with respect or going out of business, it’s easier to choose the latter.

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Michael Metz 03.13.18 at 1:48 am

Does the Crooked Timber blog have an RSS feed address? If so, what is it and why is it hidden?

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Barry Cotter 03.13.18 at 11:10 pm

Michael, if you Ctrl + F subscribe you’ll find it, or look on the top right of the page.

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bad Jim 03.14.18 at 6:03 am

Bright, cheerful colors, smiling faces, and, of course, front and center, someone’s fondling a dog, elements in common with my family’s Christmas group photos.

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