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May 24, 2006

You want some Latino Heat?

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear…

As I see it:

1. There's a pay dispute between employer and employee means that there is no level of pay that both can agree to.
2. In such a situation both employers and employees will use their powers of influence in order to try and influence the situation to their benefit.
3. Degrees are awarded to students, by Universities.

So as far as I can tell the exam situation is the result of interaction between three groups of people: students, lecturers, and universities. So where's the confusion? In the minds of the simple minded. Some people seem to think that the lecturers are the cause of the dispute.

Its a shame that the phase, "It takes two to tango" is such a cliche, because I'm going to use it anyway. It takes two to tango. Why are there not students sitting around writing on their blogs, instead of revising, moaning about how the university's lack of pay rises is causing their lecturers to go on strike?

I'm not expecting any finalists to be happy about the situation, but there is more to it than the, 'bloody lecturers, putting my degree at stake'. I am frankly shocked that there has been no one complaining about the university's stance on this matter. They are in a position to end the strike just as easily as the lecturers.

And finally, the "If they don't want shit pay, they should get another job" is frankly the world's most ridiculous argument. You don't get what you pay for in the job market: some jobs people are willing to do for less money, others require more. There is, however, a severe abuse of trust going on at the moment within the university system – an abuse that in the long run is simply going to drive many of the best academics out of academia. I cite Tony Hoare working for Microsoft.

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