SECRETARIAL and clerical workers at Manchester University were due to be out on strike on Tuesday in a dispute over pay. Staff have demanded an improvement on the 3.5 percent which was foisted on them in their September pay packets. The university has one of the highest proportions of low paid clerical staff in the country.
TWO LARGE and confident NATFHE meetings were held on Thursday of last week at Epping Forest College. In a turnaround, the principal of the college agreed to demands put to him in the long running dispute over pay, redundancies and contracts. He agreed to operate with 'transparency and openness' in future, promising that 'education, students and staff' are at the centre of his priorities. The union agreed to suspend its threat of strike action. However, there are still unresolved issues staff need to fight over.
LECTURERS at Wirral Metropolitan College held a protest outside the Birkenhead site last Thursday supported by a number of students. Following union advice, and after holding out for five years, the last 35 lecturers signed a new, worse, contract after receiving dismissal notices. The intention of the lecturers now is to organise a united resistance to fight for better conditions under the new contract.