Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Sign of Support: Thousands Back Disciplined Strikers

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Sign of Support: Thousands Back Disciplined Strikers

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Thousands of people have signed a petition condemning the "victimisation" of two university employees who were reprimanded after telling students why they were going on strike.

Two University and College Union members at the University of Glasgow were brought before a disciplinary panel after they sent an email to students explaining the reasons for the UK-wide industrial action, which led to the cancellation of lectures and classes at many universities.

Written by UCU general secretary Sally Hunt as a template letter to distribute on campus, the message explains that the staff were taking part in the strikes because universities "refuse to increase their 1 per cent pay offer".

But Glasgow decided to take informal disciplinary action against the pair, who work in counselling services, because it was concerned that students seeking pastoral help would receive the letter. …

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