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Lecturers’ pay dispute

Issue No. 2003

University workers and students have been coming together to demand that managers make a better offer to lecturers engaged in a bitter struggle over pay.

Michael Lavalette is a Respect councillor and AUT lecturers’ union member at Liverpool university. He said, “Last Thursday Liverpool AUT held a very large, angry members’ meeting. 

“It discussed management’s decision to impose 28 percent salary deductions from members involved in the action.

“Over 400 attended the meeting. Afterwards they marched to the senate building where they lined up to burn their letters from human resources informing them of the deductions.”

In Glasgow students blockaded the university on Thursday of last week.

Raymie Kiernan from the university said, “Students gathered from 7am outside the university library, taking over the main gate and directing the traffic away. By 8.30am around 100 students had shut down all three entrances.”

As Socialist Worker went to press it looked likely that management would put a new national offer on the table.

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Sat 3 Jun 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2003
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