Socialist Worker

University lecturers launch pay campaign

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2487

UCU members on strike last year

UCU members on strike last year (Pic: Mark Dunk)

Workers in higher education (HE) have begun a national campaign over pay.

The UCU union’s higher education committee voted unanimously to begin the campaign. And a majority backed a plan for a speaking tour across Britain as part of the campaign.

UCU members in HE won a 2 percent pay rise in 2014. But the union says workers’ pay has fallen by 13 percent in real terms since August 2008 despite that rise.

The union says pay is an “acute” issue for many members, especially those on hourly paid, zero hours or fixed term contracts.

UCU could call industrial action if bosses continue to attack pay. UCU Left, which Socialist Worker supporters are part of, has said this action will have to be nationwide.

It pointed out that bosses at some universities have imposed “punitive deductions” on workers taking action. A nationwide fight would make resistance to such attacks stronger.

UCU branches should organise meetings and invite speakers to discuss the pay campaign, and prepare for a ballot for action.

Ballot at London Met University

Workers at London Metropolitan University are balloting for strikes to stop cuts and closures. They are members of the UCU union.

London Met bosses want to close the Aldgate Campus, where the Cass art school is based, and slash 93 jobs.

UCU says bosses did not provide enough information for the union to contribute fully during a 30-day consultation.

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