Our branch, which has many members working in academic publishing, has resolved to support the recent industrial action by the University and College Union (UCU). The NUJ has many other issues in common with UCU, such as the fight to defend academia against marketization, and we are hoping to have a speaker from the UCU at a branch meeting soon.
Our formal statement in support is below.
Oxford & District NUJ – Statement of Support for UCU Members
The Oxford & District branch of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) stands in support of members of the University and College Union (UCU) who have recently taken strike action in defence of their pension scheme. We firmly believe that the proposal by Universities UK to cut the pensions of members of the USS pension scheme is unjustified and is rightly being opposed by UCU members, as well as organizations representing students among others.
The fact that Universities UK are seeking to impose severe cuts to the pensions of average members of staff while providing ever increasing salaries to highly paid vice-chancellors and principals is grossly unfair and damaging for the sector. Many of our members within the academic publishing sector work closely with those who are directly affected and are gravely concerned about the negative impact that the proposed cuts will have if implemented.
In sending our full solidarity to the UCU the Oxford & District NUJ will be making a donation to the UCU strike fund, and will be asking members to participate in solidarity actions during any further strikes.