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Fair Pay in Higher Education - support action by members of UCU, Unison, Unite and EIS

Friday, 01 November 2013 11:00
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Higher education staff have been taking industrial action over real terms pay cuts over the past few months. Members of the University and College Union, Unison, Unite and the Educational Institute of Scotland are taking strike action tomorrow (6th February) in universities around the country. Stroud Against the Cuts sees such action by unions as a necessary part of campaigning against austerity - defending people's jobs and working conditions, and our services.

Unison say: "UNISON members will take a third day of strike action tomorrow 6 February - alongside colleagues from UCU, Unite and EIS -in the increasingly bitter dispute with the higher education employers over their offer of a 1% pay rise. Since the last strike on 3 December, UK university employers have continued their intransigence, informing the unions that they would not hold any further negotiations over pay and telling universities to impose the 1% offer...

  • Failure to match increases in the cost of living mean that higher education workers are ‘missing’ from between £667 and £3,547 from their salaries and face a cost of living crisis, as their incomes are squeezed.
  • More than 4,000 employees are paid less than the living wage of £7.65 an hour (£8.80 in London).
  • UK vice Chancellors have seen their total pay bill increase from £30,116,314 in 2007/8 to £34,115,525 in 2011/12 - an increase of 13% when other workers have seen a real-terms pay cut of 13%." Read more from Unison here.

UCU (the University and College Union) have written a briefing on the Higher Education dispute for students, which explains: "Why are academic and other university professional staff taking industrial action?

The people who teach you, the people who staff your libraries, the people who conduct world-class research in our universities, are having their pay cut. Their pay has fallen by 13% in real terms since 2009 and now staff are angry because their employers are refusing to offer any more than 1% for this year. 1% is way below inflation and as such, is just another pay cut.

This is in spite of the fact that universities are in very good financial shape. Universities are sitting on a collective surplus of more than £1billion plus far bigger reserves. They are congratulating themselves for accumulating these surpluses by awarding their Vice Chancellors an average 6% pay rise. The average Vice Chancellor or Principal now earns £250,000."

The whole briefing is worth a read, it is available here.

There will be picket lines at universities (including at the Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham campus of the University of Gloucestershire), please support these if you happen to be passing - a brief report with from on the picket lines there as part of the same dispute in October last year is below, together with videos about the reasons for the dispute.

You can also see photos and tweets from the day of action here and a selection below, show support on facebook: or twitter, using the hashtag #fairpayinHE. You can also help support the strike by explaining why it is happening to colleagues, family and friends - why not forward them the above information from UCU and Unison?


James Beecher

for Stroud Against the Cuts

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 21:17

Strikes by teachers: NUT and NASUWT 17/10/2013

Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:17
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Support Teachers!

As a group we have agreed to support the strike action by teachers tomorrow 17th October. Several members have given flyers to parents, pupils and staff explaining the reasons for the strike and for our support of it at:

Severn View, Callowell and Stroud Valley primary schools

Stroud High, Marling and Archway secondary schools

Our friends in Cheltenham and Gloucester Against Cuts have been flyering in their patches too.

We would welcome help visiting pickets to communicate support from SATC tomorrow, and help distributing leaflets. Please see the attached leaflet (or pass on to friends, family, neighbours and colleagues). You might also like to share this film and, if you can, this tweet.

If you are a parent, please consider visiting pickets and passing on our leaflet to other parents.                                                                                                                                                                          =








                                                                          There is a rally in Bristol from 10am.                                                                                                                           

The following list of schools affected by the strike action by teachers taken tomorrow 17th October 2013 is from the Gloucester Citizen (with thanks to SATC member Steve Hunter)


    OPEN                                               CLOSED                                       PARTIALLY OPENED
Cashes Green Primary                    Brimscombe C of E                       Archway
Coopers Edge                                 Marling                                           Maidenhall
Rodborough                                    Stroud High                                    Rednock
The Rosary                                     Thomas Keble                                Stroud Valley Primary
Uplands Community Primary          Nailsworth                                      The British School
Whitehall Primary                                                                                   The Shrubberies
London firefighters have been striking and marching today. See pictures here (there has been little on the BBC, apparently).



Students have shown the way

Saturday, 05 February 2011 16:13
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Students have shown the way;with waves of protests over £9,000 tuition fees, 80% university teaching budget cuts and the scrapping of EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance), disadvantaging those from poorer backgrounds in post 16 education. In November 50,000 marched in London and nationally 130,000 school, college and university students took part in protests and occupations and tens of thousands more protested as parliament voted on fees. Rednock school students demonstrated and Stroud students occupied MP Neil Carmichael’s offices twice in a week. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 March 2011 16:57

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