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Solidarity Reading students occupy vice-chancellor’s office

STUDENTS occupied the University of Reading vice-chancellor’s office building yesterday as others joined teachers on the picket line in solidarity with their ongoing pensions strike.

University of Reading Marxist Society members vowed that they would not stand down as students entered and occupied the vice-chancellor’s office building.

“Today, we have proved through our perseverance that strikes will go on until pensions are once and for all safe,” the society said in a statement.

“Students should be as unionised as the lecturers as we both have the same goal in battle. Education over profits.”

Despite harsh weather, there were creative and colourful sights on picket lines from bagpipes at St Andrews to a giant red picket fence put up at Cambridge.

In Liverpool, students have been occupying the building of vice-chancellor Janet Beer, who is also the president of Universities UK, since Tuesday and, in London, UCL students occupied provost Michael Arthur’s office on Monday.

“Pensions should not be precarious — they should be fair and secure,” read a statement by UCL students on their Facebook page.

“We are calling on our university management to come out publicly against UUK pension plans.”


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