Students at the University of Liverpool have occupied and sealed off the fifth floor of a university building directly above the university Vice Chancellor’s office in support of the UCU (University and College Union) strike against planned changes to their pensions:
The changes would reduce staff pensions by an average of around £10,000 a year, according to the union. Students have overwhelmingly supported the university staff action, in spite of attempts to set them against the strike. Only two percent of students thought staff were primarily at fault in taking industrial action.
The student demonstration will be an unwelcome signal to universities hoping to pad their accounts by depriving staff of vital pension funds.
Staff at over sixty universities are currently participating in the strike to protect their pension rights.
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