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Unions in higher education unite to fight for decent pay

Issue No. 2376

UCU members joined the teachers march last Thursday

UCU members joined the teachers' march last Thursday

Workers in the UCU, Unison and Unite unions in universities are set to strike over pay on Thursday 31 October. 

The workers face a derisory 1 percent pay deal. 

UCU estimates that workers have suffered a real terms pay cut of 13 percent since October 2008.

UCU members backed strikes by 62 percent in a recent ballot while Unite members voted by 64 percent for walkouts. Unison members backed strikes by 54 percent.

Mark Campbell is a UCU member at London Metropolitan University and a member of the union’s national executive committee. 

He told Socialist Worker, “The headline issue of the dispute between us and our employers is fair pay. However, this is ultimately about an awful lot more than just a fair pay rise.

“It’s also about ending the disgusting use of zero hour contracts. It’s about ensuring a national living wage for all staff. It’s about challenging the gender pay gap in higher education.

“It’s about fighting excessive workloads and bullying. And it’s about stopping the increasing privatisation and commodification of higher education in Britain. 

“It’s a fight against austerity. Enough is enough!”

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Tue 22 Oct 2013, 16:40 BST
Issue No. 2376
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