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Scottish university lecturers walk out against pay attacks

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2326

Strikers in the EIS union (Pic: Duncan Brown)

Strikers in the EIS union (Pic: Duncan Brown)

University lecturers in newer universities in Scotland struck on Tuesday of this week over pay. Their EIS union says more action could follow.

Workers are fighting a below-inflation 1 percent pay offer. The union says that a series of below-inflation rises have cut lecturers’ pay by 12 percent over the past three years.

EIS members backed strikes by 54 percent in a recent ballot. They also voted by 72 percent to support action short of a strike.

EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan said, “Lecturers are drawing a line in the sand. Scotland’s higher education institutions have financial reserves and endowments of around £2.6 billion.

“These reserves have increased by around £600 million since 2009 while lecturers’ pay has been cut in real terms.”

Lecturers in other education unions have supported the walkout. Carlo Morelli is assistant secretary of Dundee UCU. He told Socialist Worker, “It is exciting to see workers in universities fighting over pay.

“The fight over pay is at the centre of our struggle against cuts. The EIS strike shows our power as workers. Last Saturday our unions demonstrated together, now we have to call for us to strike together.”

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Tue 23 Oct 2012, 17:13 BST
Issue No. 2326
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