Thousands took part in a rally outside City Hall in support of strike action called by staff from Sheffield’s two universities and from other higher education institutions across the country. Staff at both of universities are taking action for better pay and working conditions, with many complaining about excessive workloads. University of Sheffield staff are also taking action for improved pensions. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Jane Fearon, branch secretary for the University College Union at Sheffield Hallam.
A campaign led by councillors and community activists is calling on South Yorkshire local authorities to stop investing pension money in arms companies. Campaigners say South Yorkshire’s Pension Authority has invested £30m of council workers’ pensions into companies who sell defence equipment to Saudi Arabia and some of those arms are being used to kill civilians in the continuing war in Yemen. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Hundreds joined a rally from the University of Sheffield to Barker’s Pool in support of university staff on strike in a row over proposed changes to their pension scheme. Lecturers, represented in the dispute by the University and College Union, say the changes could leave them thousands of pounds out of pocket. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!