"Picketing and the law
It’s a criminal offence for pickets to:
-block people or vehicles trying to get into the workplace which is on strike (called ‘causing an obstruction’ by police)”
Apparently you’re not allowed to park in the science car park, even if you /need/ to park close to the building for accessibility reasons?
Just because the other entrance is ~technically~ open doesn’t mean it’s not obstruction. We only found that out after telling someone we needed to park there and that was only because the person we were talking to was being diplomatic/realistic - he said the people on the line wouldn’t have let us pass.
I agree with the cause of the strike, genuinely. But there’s no point in me personally striking as I still need to do my work whatever the weather, it’ll just mean working twice as hard tomorrow with a day less left of my PhD funding. It’s more important for the non-academic staff to strike as they keep the Uni running. Which is good and I’m happy to be inconvenienced! Inconvenienced. Not blocked.
This over zealousness which skirts the law should have been sorted by the Student Union and is, yes, in the grand scheme of things, only a minor problem. But it all adds up and it’s beginning to grate. The Union has energy enough for this, but not to reply to students about lack of disabled access in and around campus? Not to fight for their /students/ for what should be a bread and butter issue for a student union? They’re giving lip service to postgrads now but then go and use an event for postgrads (real even or not I can’t find out, doesn’t matter) to gain access to Bramber House for the occupation?
The constant slaps in the face are really starting to sting.