Lecturers walk out in second strike over pay rises

Lecturers walk out in second strike over pay rises

Lecturers walk out in second strike over pay rises

First published in News

FED up university lecturers marched through the streets yesterday in a walk-out over pay.

The strike, which is the second of three planned walk-outs, saw staff grab their placards, drums and megaphones outside the University of Winchester’s King Alfred Campus.

It comes after it was announced in December that the university’s vice chancellor, Joy Carter, would receive a £28,000 a year pay rise, or 12.6 per cent.

Lecturers however, were offered a one per cent rise which they say amounts to a 13 per cent cut in their salaries since 2008.

Simon Boxley, University and College Union branch secretary, said lecturers had hoped that after the first walk-out on January 23, more would be done to accommodate negotiations.

He said: “We had hoped not to be here again and that after our first strike we would get our employers around the negotiation table.

“We know the money is there, but it is not being invested in the people who benefit the students most.

“We have more tricks up our sleeves, and we will strike again. We don’t want to but we will if we have to.”

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6:07pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Rockhopper says...

Why should lecturers receive a pay rise at all?
Many other employees have had pay frozen for years yet the lecturers won't accept a 1% increase.
As it is lecturers get very generous pensions, holidays and terms and conditions.
By the way you will find the best way to 'benefit' students is to stay in the classroom and don't go on strike.
Why should lecturers receive a pay rise at all? Many other employees have had pay frozen for years yet the lecturers won't accept a 1% increase. As it is lecturers get very generous pensions, holidays and terms and conditions. By the way you will find the best way to 'benefit' students is to stay in the classroom and don't go on strike. Rockhopper
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