Though the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath is on her way out, the pay scandal has highlighted key issues within the Higher Education system locally and nationally. The culture of marketisation and privatisation of higher education institutions create a culture where money is more important than education. Bath Labour Party is committed to combatting this marketisation, in line with national Labour policy, working for the removal of university tuition fees and reintroduction of maintenance grants.
University of Bath Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell (Image: Katharine Barker)
What this has shown though is the power of the labour movement. This campaign has been fought primarily by trade unions with the support of Bath Labour councillor Joe Rayment and Labour Peer Lord Adonis. This alongside student mobilisation of members of Bath University Labour Club and Bath Students Against Fees and Cuts has provided a unified front against university management.
Bath Labour Party is also committed to working on the other issues raised by this scandal around pay inequality, job security and representation. Higher Education institutions are seen as public sector organisations and would be subject to our national 20-point plan for security and equality at work. This plan includes:
A maximum staff pay ratio of 20:1, which is a significant improvement on the 30:1 ratio seen at the University of Bath.
The banning of zero hour contracts, which will provide greater job security for casual members of staff.
Repeal the Trade Union Act, which will give workers more power in their workplaces.
Though the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath is on her way out, the pay scandal has highlighted key issues within the Higher Education system locally and nationally. The culture...
Message from Protect Our NHS
BANES CCG are currently consulting on some drastic changes to services. Only women between the ages of 23 and 35 will be eligible for IVF treatment, and they are removing funding for vasectomies and female sterilisations in all but exceptional circumstances.
It’s outrageous that the Tories have pushed the NHS to this point, and are putting many women in an incredibly difficult position. You can voice your views on the changes here
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Message from Protect Our NHS BANES CCG are currently consulting on some drastic changes to services. Only women between the ages of 23 and 35 will be eligible for IVF...
B&NES Council have announced the loss of 300 council jobs. This cut would not havebeen necessary under a Labour Government. The 2017, fully costed, Manifeso ensures local government has sustainable funding for the long term. 80% of council funding is spent on Health and Social care, the Manifesto also pedges to spend an additional £7.9 billion on Health and Social Care.
Source:The Labour Party Manifesto, For the Many not the Few, Chapter Chapet 07 Health Care for All-Page 71 and Chapter 09, Leading Richer Lives, Local Communities - page 80
Joe Rayment,Debuty Leader of the Labour Group on the Council had this to say:
“These proposed job losses, if carried through, will be a tragedy for our area and for each of those 300 people. The fact is that Council staff are already overworked and underpaid, and many of our services are at breaking point. We cannot run good services for our residents with fewer staff and less money going into them.
“I also have huge sympathy for the thousands of Council staff who will be worried about their job security just before Christmas. I pray that this focuses the minds of some local councillors who will hopefully now decide that they can’t any longer be associated with this cruel and failing austerity regime.
"My message to Tim Warren is this: save these staff and disown your government. It is your responsibility and duty to stand up for this area and to do what is best for us, not to obediently follow instructions from Theresa May's feeble and fragile coalition of chaos."
B&NES Council have announced the loss of 300 council jobs. This cut would not havebeen necessary under a Labour Government. The 2017, fully costed, Manifeso ensures local government has sustainable...
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