Oxford's Green councillors have written to Oxford Brookes University to criticise their decision to dock a whole day's pay from staff who take 2 hours of strike action tomorrow (23rd Jan).
You can read their open letter below.
FAO the Vice-Chancellor and the Director Human Resources
Dear Professor Janet Beer and Mr Bob Price,
It has come to our attention that Oxford Brookes University has told staff that will be taking strike action tomorrow that they face losing a full day’s pay for two hours of strike action.
We believe such a response is completely unjustifiable and amounts to intimidating staff into not taking strike action. We are aware that government cuts to education funding are a real threat to the vibrancy of our city and universities but believe that the way forward must involve a fair deal for staff, not measures that undermine their right to strike.
We note that the University and College Union has pledged to take legal action if staff lose a full day’s pay for taking part in tomorrow’s strike, and that Oxford University has stated that pay will only be deducted for the two hours of the strike action. Therefore we urge you to reconsider this decision and inform staff before tomorrow’s strike takes place.
Sam Hollick, Craig Simmons, David Williams, Dick Wolff, Sam Coates, Elise Benjamin - Green City and County Councillors
Sushila Dhall - Chair, Oxfordshire Green Party
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