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Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall Lecturers strike over 'insulting' 1% pay rise

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 03, 2013

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University lecturers and staff in the Westcountry are set to strike in a second day of industrial action today, trade unions have announced.

UNISON, Unite and University and College Union (UCU) staff previously took strike action in October, including some at Exeter and Falmouth.

The three unions also confirmed their members would walk out again in three weeks' time and could be joined by Scottish education union the EIS.

Union members have been angered by a 1% pay offer, which has seen their pay fall in real terms by 13%.

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The squeeze on staff pay comes at a time when pay and benefits for university leaders increased, on average, by more than £5,000 in 2011-12, with the average pay and pensions package for vice chancellors hitting almost £250,000.

UNISON head of education and children's services, Jon Richards, said: "Members have had enough. It is a disgrace that universities are sitting on billions of pounds, but are not ready to reward those who make UK universities the best in the world.

"The 1% pay rise on offer is an insult to the services they deliver, especially to those staff who are currently paid below the Living Wage.

"We are calling on employers to get back into talks as a matter of urgency."

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  • nickthompson  |  December 03 2013, 12:43PM

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