It’s very simple: You do something to employees that means they’ll be worse-off – you’re the bad guy and sooner or later, someone’s going to come and get you. Simple as that.

University bosses take note, because you’re not as smart as you think.

Universities are threatening to punish staff who fail to make up for lectures and seminars cancelled during strikes, a move that union leaders say could prolong the industrial action.

In one case the University of Kent has told staff that any failure to reschedule lectures or classes lost because of the strike would see them lose 50% to 100% of their pay “for every day where an individual continues to refuse to perform their full contract of employment”.

Kent’s hardline stance extends to deducting a high proportion of pay from low-paid graduate teaching assistants, with some liable to lose more than a month’s pay for taking part in the strikes that have so far lasted five days.

The strike by academics, librarians and administrators over proposals to radically restructure their pensions, which the University and College Union claims will cost staff £10,000 a year after retirement, are scheduled to restart next week at about 60 universities.

Source: Universities threaten to punish striking staff over cancelled lectures | Education | The Guardian

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