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University staff set to strike in latest row over pay

University of Brighton, Hillbrow, School of Sport and Service Management. September 3rd 2013 E36139P

University of Brighton, Hillbrow, School of Sport and Service Management. September 3rd 2013 E36139P

Staff at the University of Brighton’s Eastbourne campus will be striking tomorrow (Thursday, February 5) amid the increasingly bitter dispute over pay.

While the university will remain open, there will be disruption to planned learning and teaching sessions as members of the Unison, UCU and Unite trades unions take part in a third day of co-ordinated industrial action.

Staff at both the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex will stand on the picket lines from 7.30 in the morning, voicing their anger at a pay offer of just one per cent.

A one per cent pay rise would leave staff with a real-terms pay cut of 13 per cent since 2009.

Union members took two full days of strike action last year, while members of UCU separately took two two-hour strikes in January. A third strike is scheduled for Monday, February 10 (9-11am).

UCU branch office, Michael Moran, said, “Staff are angry they’ve had to endure real-terms pay cuts while those at the top continue to enjoy healthy rises. Research shows that our universities are performing at the very top on the global stage, yet our staff are being paid far less than those in other countries. It’s time for fair pay for all in our universities.

“Taking strike action is always a last resort and we would urge any students frustrated or annoyed at the disruption to contact their vice-chancellor and ask them to put pressure on their representatives to come back to the negotiating table with a fair pay offer.”

 

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