‘I am a contractor. So I have no rights’

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I don’t know what package the management gets, but I bet they’ve got more money coming in that we don’t see. Pension packages, shares, and things like that. I don’t have much empathy for these likes.

I’m not an expert, but the government don’t seem quite interested in having debates. What they want is for working people to have as few rights and as little money as possible. While they get as much as they can. They get all their tax breaks. I’m not optimistic that they’re going to get anywhere [with the strikes] but I think it’s disgusting, and they should sort it out. I’ve seen it before. Although I’d imagine that staff at this institution are probably quite well paid in comparison with schoolteachers, I still agree with them striking.

I haven’t participated in any strikes, but I have beeped at them and waved at them in encouragement. My ex-partner used to be a schoolteacher. If she was still a schoolteacher and I was still speaking to her, I’d encourage her to strike. I think there’s something commendable about teachers. They’ve got a privileged position, so people listen to them. It should be a privilege to teach. I am a contractor, you know, so I haven’t got any rights. Of course, I might feel like it [striking], but it would be a waste of time because I’ve got fewer rights than staff.

As told to Natasha Salloum.

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