Two months into their action over pay, representatives from the university lecturers’ unions Natfhe and the AUT met with employers on Monday.
The talks resulted in a paltry offer of 3.5 percent per year for three years – far short of the 23 percent over three years that lecturers are asking for.
The exams and marking boycott continues and needs to be backed up by strike action.
At St Andrews university in Scotland the employers offered their lecturers a pay increase of 12 percent over three years – an offer rejected by lecturers.
A lecturer from St Andrews told Socialist Worker, “We all know that the boycott is biting hard and that many members feel morally torn by the impact it is already having. But they were also equally committed to the action.
“All members recognised the importance of this dispute and the fact that the union will be immeasurably weaker if we lose.” It is for that reason members agreed to continue with and spread the action.