Some 2,000 Unison union members at pre-1992 universities in London were due to strike on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. It is part of the ongoing campaign to win an increase in London weighting, the allowance for the extra costs of living and working in the capital, to £4,000. After three one-day strikes across all the London colleges employers in the post-1992 universities made an offer. The 6.5 percent increase was narrowly accepted.
But no offer was made to workers in pre-1992 colleges. Sadly lecturers and senior support staff will not be taking action alongside their Unison colleagues. The AUT union's London committee agreed to suspend strikes following promises of local negotiations. At Kings College this meant a pathetic offer of a one-off payment of £90 over two years.
Many workers are frustrated that united action did not take place amongst all university workers in the various unions.