STAFF AT the University of Birmingham surprised their bosses on Friday of last week by driving in convoy into Chancellor's Court, which is reserved for senior management. Once there they covered their cars with union banners and posters protesting against proposed car parking charges.
At present all staff pay a fixed fee of less than £10 per year. The university wants to increase this to around £10 per month. The university's high-handed attitude has united the AEEU, AUT, GMB, MSF and UNISON unions and the guild of students in opposition.