University and college staff plan nationwide strike action over pay dispute

The Independent is reporting that almost two thirds of union members in higher education voted in favour of strike action over ‘insulting’ pay offer.

Staff and lecturers at universities and colleges across the country are set to go on strike as part of an on-going dispute over pay.

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) working in higher education sectors voted in favour of industrial action this week, after staff were offered a 1.1 per cent pay increase for 2016-2017 – an amount staff said was “insulting”.

The UCU said the offer from the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) was a “marginally improved” one on its previous offer of a 1 per cent pay rise, but falls far below their demands. 

Sally Hunt, General Secretary for the UCU, said: “Strike action is always a last resort for educators but the squeeze on pay has created real anger and staff working in higher education want to see a sensible offer which begins to address the real-terms pay cut they have endured since 2009.”

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