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Dr Laura Swift 🌹
When you imagine the horror of living on £7-10k a year, please also remember that this is the present reality for a great many PhD students, GTAs, and ECRs on fixed-term contracts - the people who deliver more than half of teaching hours
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Dr Laura Swift 🌹 8 Mar 18
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Dr Laura Swift 🌹 9 Mar 18
Replying to @lauramswift
Just to clarify: - not advocating for a fight to the death between pensioners and PhD students - neither issue is worse/more important than actual poverty - universities can afford to pay their staff if they want - all people everywhere need and deserve more than £10k/yr
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Eric Fielding 8 Mar 18
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before or after taxes?
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Dr Laura Swift 🌹 8 Mar 18
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income tax is 0% below £11,500
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Anne Goldgar 8 Mar 18
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But what will prices be in 10-20-30-40 years' time? And what about the cost of nursing home/end of life care? £7000 is currently 7 weeks in a care home. The year has 52 weeks.
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Dr Laura Swift 🌹 8 Mar 18
Replying to @anne_goldgar
absolutely, and all the postgrads/ECRs I know are fully supporting and participating in the strike - but it's also a difficult reminder that we're striking for pensions that many of us will never have
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Hannah Tweed 8 Mar 18
Aye to that. One of the reasons this dispute is so terrifying is because living on 10k p/a was hard enough as a mostly able-bodied 20-something (for 10yrs). At 70? Heating bills alone would be a significant worry.
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Hannah Tweed 8 Mar 18
I say 'was'. I mean 'until last December' (so the memory is pretty fresh...)
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Tim Leach 8 Mar 18
Replying to @lauramswift
Absolutely. I hope this is the next thing that is looked at. The way GTAs are treated is shameful.
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