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‘Mind the pay gaps’: UCU strikers pledge to keep fighting

‘Mind the pay gaps’: UCU strikers pledge to keep fighting

Breaking News, Politics, protest
Students gathered outside Queen Mary University of London to support their striking lecturers as 'The University and College Union' continues their fight for better pay and working conditions. The university is one of 60 universities and colleges across the UK involved in the strike action. On 18 November the UCU announced the strike would take place from Monday 25 November to Wednesday 4 December. "Our members have reached a breaking point", said the UCU as the strike entered its sixth day. Picket lines have been forming all over London, with lecturers and students shouting for higher pay and elimination of zero-hour contracts. 43, 000 members walking out Classes have been canceled and assignments delayed as around 43, 000 UCU members have been walking out of work. Members str
Think tank tells ministers to scrap interest on student loans

Think tank tells ministers to scrap interest on student loans

Politics, Student
A government think tank has released recommendations that interest rates on student loans should be done away with, saving money for students and tax payers. UK 2020, a centre right think tank, has advised ministers that interest on student loans shouldn’t just be cut, but removed completely. This would mean all current interest owed would be cancelled and all future rates of interest set to zero. The think tank's report claims interest charged on these loans is stacking up far quicker than any student is able to repay it, leaving a large amount of debt unpaid at the end of students repayment periods. Interest alone amounts to an average of £5,800 of debt on graduation, with the poorest 40 per cent of students racking up the most at £6,500. In his forward for the report Lord