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I'm an academic librarian, working in the UK Higher Educational sector, supporting academics and students. Prior to this, I was a researcher, working with social and learning technologies.

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University and College Union strike today

March 24th, 2011

University and College Union Logo

University and College Union logo taken from http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=1694

I’m on strike today as part of the University and College Union protest about changes to pensions and pay. There’s a leaflet on the UCU website which explains the background to the pensions element of the strike much more succinctly than I would be able to: please do go and read it.

Although the UCU is primarily thought of as academic staff – see, for example, the BBC’s coverage of the event –¬†workers on specific academic-related contracts are also eligible to join. As I work in an academic liaison role, in partnership with academic colleagues, and also have significant teaching within my role I think that being part of the same union makes a lot of sense.¬†Plus, rather pertinently for today, I’m on the same pension scheme!

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