Responding to the news that University Vice Chancellors received 8% pay increases last year, Cambridge Labour Parliamentary Candidate Daniel Zeichner has contrasted the pay rise for the Vice Chancellor of Cambridge University with low-paid staff in the university: "In a university which has some thousand staff earning less than the living wage, it is profoundly insensitive for the person at the top to be given a twenty thousand pound pay rise. For thousands of university staff who have been told that there is no money for them to have more than 1% it is quite extraordinary that completely different rules are applied to those who already earn so much more."
Hundreds turned out for the lunchtime rally outside the Senate House in support of UCU, UNITE and UNISON strike action in higher education today. In my speech I linked their cause to the wider call to make Cambridge a Living Wage City. earlier, I had told The Cambridge Student why I was supporting the action.
Keynes Hall at King’s was packed yesterday for a Living Wage rally organised jointly by Cambridge Universities Labour Club and CUSU Women’s Campaign. Over 120 people heard Heather Wakefield from UNISON, Tom Chigbo from Citizens UK, Kayte Lawton from IPPR, Priya Kothari from Save the Children and Daniel Zeichner from Cambridge Labour discuss the Living Wage.
It’s time for a better deal for post-graduates says Labour’s Parliamentary Spokesperson for Cambridge Daniel Zeichner, as the Higher Education Commission publishes a report recommending a postgraduate student loan scheme be introduced.
The picture of Nick Clegg and Julian Huppert holding a placard saying ‘I pledge to vote against any increase in fees’ has become one of the defining images of the 2010 General Election campaign. This week, Nick Clegg has said he is sorry. This morning David Laws told the Today programme that the whole party had to take ownership of the move: “Every Liberal Democrat MP has a collective responsibility, this was a decision not just by Nick Clegg and Vince Cable but by all of us in the Liberal Democrat party.”
So is Julian Huppert sorry for misleading electors in Cambridge?