Lecturers' Go On Strike
The strike has been organised by both the Association of University Teachers (AUT) and the National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education (NATFHE). Their action is part of a national campaign and will mean a total cessation of normal work. From Wednesday onwards, students' academic work will not be marked, lectures and tutorials may also be cancelled until the unions are satisfied that their problems are being addressed.
The Students' Unions of both the provinces universities are backing the action. But many students will undoubtedly be dismayed that this action should adversely effect their academic studies. If the action continues graduations may well be delayed.
Staff at Queen's, including those from St Mary's and Stranmillis colleges, will stage pickets at the University gates tomorrow, and a protest will also be held at the Department of Education headquarters in Belfast.