A friend recently showed me a payment slip from a university where she had given a guest lecture back in November. The university had duly paid her fee and expenses, after the usual delays. Again as normal, it had deducted tax from her fee. All in all, a standard procedure.
At the bottom of the slip, the university had added a short message. The message was not, of course, to thank her for spending time writing the lecture, travelling to the university, and engaging with her audience. This is what it said:
Pay has been withheld in respect of the strike action on the following days:
31st October 2013 (full day)
23rd January 2014 (two hours)
28th January (full day)
To repeat, this was for a lecture in November.