Should students get refunds during strike action? An education economist gives his thoughts.
The gradual withdrawal of state support for universities has been the largest, and quietest, privatisation in UK history, and most people don’t even know about it.
The university strikes show how a dispute around a fairly technical employment issue, pensions, can develop a momentum of its own and become a catalyst for a much wider expression of dissatisfaction.
Cutting pension scheme costs can make staff angry and belligerent.
A strike around a specific employment issue can easily develop a momentum of its own and become a catalyst for a much wider expression of dissatisfaction.
Traditional picket lines feel outdated now that work is no longer a place that you go, but a thing that you do.
From the outside, it might look like another case of a pension black hole problem hitting another UK institution. Not so.