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Issue No. 1805

South Bank University, London, saw lecturers strike for three days last week against compulsory redundancies. Now lecturers are withholding marks, which means that exam boards can't go ahead.

A union meeting proposed to lobby the vice-chancellor, which made a real impact. The next day's official negotiations were the most productive yet and an improved settlement seems possible. Meanwhile, South Bank lecturers have called for a national demonstration in the autumn over the crisis in higher education.

Across higher education lecturers have just rejected an 'insulting' pay offer. The three unions representing the lecturers had lodged a joint claim for a 15 percent pay rise. The colleges offered just 2.5 percent.

LECTURERS IN the Natfhe and AUT unions, and clerical workers in the Unison union met in central London on Tuesday of last week to organise their campaign for decent pay.

The workers in post-16 education are fighting for a bigger level of London weighting, the allowance workers get for the extra cost of living in the capital.

Paul Mackney from Natfhe said, 'We can't be divided-we have to do something together. We should set a target date for a London day of action. Let's go for it.' An action committee was set up to organise joint events.

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Sat 22 Jun 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1805
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