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.
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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.