Lecturers at London Metropolitan University have voted almost unanimously to accept a new negotiated contract. But another crisis now looms over the university’s refusal to fully pay staff for their work.
Some 97 percent of lecturers voting in a ballot have agreed to accept a new contact, negotiated recently between their union, Natfhe, and their employers.
The ballot followed a long dispute which included strikes to force the university to negotiate the new contract instead of imposing the university’s preferred terms.
The university finally agreed to go to talks at Acas when many lecturers, as a last resort, refused to hand over student exam marks. After two days of talks in July a new contract was agreed.
However the university insisted on docking the pay of lecturers who had taken industrial action short of strike action, despite the termination of that action.
Many lecturers have had 40 percent of July’s salary deducted from their pay packet and further cuts in their August pay.
In a ballot completed last week, 86 percent of the lecturers said they do not accept this docking of pay.
Reballots have opened the way to bigger struggle