University workers hold second strike

Published Tuesday, 03 December 2013
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Staff at Queen's University Belfast are taking part in a second national one-day strike over pay.

University workers hold second strike
Lecturers and support staff at a strike in October. (© Pacemaker)

Following a demonstration in October, academic and support workers who are members of the University and College Union (UCU) are taking to the picket line on Tuesday as part of a UK-wide Higher Education strike.

The strike is supported by NUS/USI and QUB Students' Union and students have agreed to stay away from Queen's due to cancelled classes and facilities.

A statement issued by the organisers said staff are now strictly working to contract in protest and have "withdrawn the goodwill that has in the past led to many staff working long hours including evenings and weekends to serve the university".

They are calling for an improvement in the 1% pay rise offer made by employers as they say they have suffered a 13% real term pay cut since 2008.

According to Unite union, pay and benefits for university leaders have increased on average by more than £5,000 in the last year, with the average pay and pension package for vice-chancellors hitting almost £250,000.

The President of Queen's UCU, Prof Mike Larkin, said: "With inflation rising year on year the refusal of our employers to make an offer better than 1% shows that they are distantly out of touch. They are damaging trust, morale and importantly goodwill."

Jim Norney of Unite, added: "The shame is that management asks us for economic prudence whilst they are awarded thousands of pounds extra in bonuses. We have economic responsibility to support our families and it is us that are being squeezed."

© UTV News
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2 Comments
Ulysses32 in Belfast wrote (134 days ago):
Funny that. The NILSC is also on a 2 day strike. I guess university employees are more news worthy.
Clarebear729 in Newtownabbey wrote (135 days ago):
Its also happening at UU Jordanstown...
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