Representatives of The University and College Union (UCU) have taken to the grounds of Arts University Bournemouth in strikes against pay disputes.
The protesters are disputing the gender pay gap, working conditions for students and educational institutes and ‘casualisation’.
Casualisation deals with the concept of zero-hours contracts – an problem many students face when seeking part time work at University.
Casualisation is also considered to be bad for staff and bad for education, yet it’s endemic in our colleges and universities.
All of these issues are the contributing factors to an average 14% decrease in pay in the last 7 years.
The protests are due to last for the rest of the week, involving students from both Bournemouth University, and Arts University Bournemouth.
Buzz News caught up with John Ward, Branch Chairman of UCU, to find out more about what the strikes entail.