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Queen Mary University of London, member of the prestigious Russell Group was named the “worst university employer”. in UK” after holding 100% of wage of staff involved in a national marking boycott in protest against wages and working conditions.

Union of Universities and Colleges (UCU) says more over 100 Queen Mary employees have been left panic about how pay rent and bills this month after the university deducts full to pay for 21 day in their July checks because they refused to check student work in June. union says many employees opened payrolls with nothing in them, although they still carried out overwhelming majority” of their responsibilities, including training and research. University threatens 100% expulsions for partial work again in August.

Next national strikes earlier in in year19 universities were hit by marking boycott in the end of May. A lot of of including Sheffield, Leeds, Nottingham, Brighton, Dundee and Westminster, joined queen mary in threatens to dock full to pay for partial performance. But UCU says no other university has ever followed on these threats.

Joe Grady, UCU general secretary said Queen Mary senior leadership “launched a vengeful attack” on its members, “punishing them for participate in legal strikes” and “fixing it reputation as the worst university employer in United Kingdom”.

She said, “This wrong do it anytime and all more disgusting as staff struggle make ends meet in a cost of life crisis.

move caused panic among scientists at other universities. With Liz Truss and another Tory leader candidate, Rishi Sunak, who promise to hack down on trade trade unions, they fear that this may set dangerous precedent for crushing strike in higher education. GoFundMe page for support strikers who lost salary up nearly £60,000 in donations.

BUT young Researcher in Queen Mary Film Department, who asked not to be named in case of consequences from the leadership, said: “When people started getting these payroll deductions, they were fucking out. There were many of anger and confusion. We love our job, but this is a mockery. It’s really sad cause you really worked hard without even making a label, and you will discover when you open the payroll that you have inadvertently worked for free.”

Dr. Keith Hall, lecturer in politics as well as international relationship in Queen Mary who her salary was cut, she said that she “could cope without 21 days of payment is extremely difficult.

She said that the prospect of loss of salary for 42 days over all summer it was scary”, but insisted that scientists not back down. “It strengthened our resolve as this is such an extreme answer to the staff question for a more stable environment to work in”.

Miri Rubin, professor of history in Queen Mary tweeted: “This like spank in in face: in for three – now unpaid – weeks I supervised research supervised candidates of sciences, advised undergraduates, sat on 2 assignment groups, chaired the school event, conducted evaluations and marked all scenarios. required for our finalists will graduate.”

Laura Gray Blair is studying for PhD and professor at Queen Mary. Photograph: Sophia Evans/The Observer

Laura Gray Blair, PhD student who also teaches in college, said she understands tension boycott It was caused students in her department. “I tried to be clear with im that staff situation in is not sustainable. Basically they are taught people on temporary contracts who not know if they have a job next year”.

Blair said employees are taking part in in boycott continued to teach and support pupils in June despite university warning they wouldn’t get paid. “We did this because we care about our students and many of us couldn’t believe senior leadership would take such disastrous actions,” she said. added.

One final-year movie student, who asked not to be identified, told that students do not trust reviews of anonymous replacement markers. “Quality of a little of the feedback was disgusting. Sometimes students just there is one word, he said.

Students who He said he was “shocked” about the pay cuts for employees. “It seems so cruel. as lecturers who can’t afford food or rent world-class education us?

representative for Queen Mary said that the influence of action was “limited”. “Overwhelming majority of our 32,000 students remain unaffected. outside of work force of about 5400 only 108 people kept the salary result of partial performance in June.”

He said, “From the start of national strikes, our top priority was protecting the education of our students. Therefore, we asked employees to prioritize educational activities and deprioritize other activities. work where needed.”

representative added that the university continued to negotiate, but UCU members “have not yet reached a reasonable agreement”.

Jewelers, University of London on Friday has become one of in last institutions for sign agreement to cease labeling boycott. But a spokesman said the university “is very sorry that 119 students did not receive their grades.” in time for our summer graduation ceremonies.”

He said that all affected students will now receive their grades, with final-year as well as international students gave preference and the university organized later ceremonies, as well as the well-being support.

Almost 4000 international Academicians signed a petition to reinstate Prof. Des Friedman and Dr. Gholam Khiabani, head and deputy head of Renowned department of jewelers of media communications and cultural studies, who were put on hold after they sent students an email explaining that they would not be able to graduate.

university declined to comment on this is.

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