Uni staff strike over pay

University staff on strike in Southampton

University staff on strike in Southampton

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STRIKING lecturers and staff held face to face talks with university bosses in Southampton today as part of ongoing industrial action over pay.

The University and College Union (UCU), UNISON and Unite were today taking a third day of coordinated strike action in an increasingly bitter row over pay.

Staff were on picket lines at universities including The University of Southampton, Winchester and Southampton Solent early this morning in protest over a pay offer of 1 per cent.

At the University of Southampton a rally held at the Highfield Campus saw striking staff meet with senior management to discuss the issues.

Deputy Vice chancellor professor Adam Wheeler along with other management sat down with union representatives following a rally by more than 60 staff.

UCU Southampton president, Dr Eric Silverman, said: “It was a good discussion we had. They listened to what we had to say. Clearly the pay is set nationally so there is not much they can do. We just want them to represent the concerns and feelings of their staff at their university.”

He added it was difficult to say how many staff had walked out today but added that there was “still substantial support” including from the university's Student's Union surrounding the industrial action.

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3:50pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Brite Spark says...

University!
University! Brite Spark
  • Score: -2

4:10pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Outside of the Box says...

1 per cent, well that's 1 per cent more than I got this year, last year and the year before that.

If I go on strike, my boss will strike, strike me off the payroll
1 per cent, well that's 1 per cent more than I got this year, last year and the year before that. If I go on strike, my boss will strike, strike me off the payroll Outside of the Box
  • Score: 1

4:28pm Thu 6 Feb 14

wwozzer says...

As much as I want to rant about them being lucky to even have a job and the rest of us having 0% pay rises (me for 6 years) I admire this lot for making a stand about shrinking living standards which affect us all.

If only the rest of us were so lucky to have a union behind us.
As much as I want to rant about them being lucky to even have a job and the rest of us having 0% pay rises (me for 6 years) I admire this lot for making a stand about shrinking living standards which affect us all. If only the rest of us were so lucky to have a union behind us. wwozzer
  • Score: 9

5:06pm Thu 6 Feb 14

waywardone says...

the uni staff get a 1% pay rise, while the VC has got 8% rise (£22,000 a year extra), which is at least £8,000 more than some members of staff get a year
the uni staff get a 1% pay rise, while the VC has got 8% rise (£22,000 a year extra), which is at least £8,000 more than some members of staff get a year waywardone
  • Score: 11

5:18pm Thu 6 Feb 14

spotburst says...

Outside of the Box wrote:
1 per cent, well that's 1 per cent more than I got this year, last year and the year before that.

If I go on strike, my boss will strike, strike me off the payroll
Surely you don't begrudge the fact that people are getting off their backsides and doing something about this hypocritical stance by the VC & cronies?
Don't forget that he effectively awarded HIMSELF his juicy 8% rise (oh yes - the money IS there, but only if you're earning a six figure salary)

4,000 Higher education staff are paid less than Living Wage. #FairPayinHE

Five years of pay offers below cost of living mean loss of pay between £663 and £3,574. Can you afford to lose out? #FairPayinHE
[quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: 1 per cent, well that's 1 per cent more than I got this year, last year and the year before that. If I go on strike, my boss will strike, strike me off the payroll[/p][/quote]Surely you don't begrudge the fact that people are getting off their backsides and doing something about this hypocritical stance by the VC & cronies? Don't forget that he effectively awarded HIMSELF his juicy 8% rise (oh yes - the money IS there, but only if you're earning a six figure salary) 4,000 Higher education staff are paid less than Living Wage. #FairPayinHE Five years of pay offers below cost of living mean loss of pay between £663 and £3,574. Can you afford to lose out? #FairPayinHE spotburst
  • Score: 7

6:25pm Thu 6 Feb 14

apm1954 says...

trust they will not be paid for there day off , get in the real world , if not find another job, lazy 20 hours a week people.
trust they will not be paid for there day off , get in the real world , if not find another job, lazy 20 hours a week people. apm1954
  • Score: -11

6:39pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Redhaired22 says...

apm1954 wrote:
trust they will not be paid for there day off , get in the real world , if not find another job, lazy 20 hours a week people.
Wow, such ignorance!! One. If you're on strike you DON'T GET PAID! Two, people didn't spend the day indoors watching daytime TV they were out on picket lines and having meetings, as stated in the article.

Like others said, at least someone is getting off their backsides and objecting to fat cat salary increases whist the rest of the country suffers.

As for being lazy.... and 20 hours a week LOL! please don't attribute your own low standards and bitterness onto the rest of us!
[quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: trust they will not be paid for there day off , get in the real world , if not find another job, lazy 20 hours a week people.[/p][/quote]Wow, such ignorance!! One. If you're on strike you DON'T GET PAID! Two, people didn't spend the day indoors watching daytime TV they were out on picket lines and having meetings, as stated in the article. Like others said, at least someone is getting off their backsides and objecting to fat cat salary increases whist the rest of the country suffers. As for being lazy.... and 20 hours a week LOL! please don't attribute your own low standards and bitterness onto the rest of us! Redhaired22
  • Score: 7

7:12pm Thu 6 Feb 14

George4th says...

Print ALL the hours worked, holiday entitlement, salaries, pension and benefits packages of ALL University staff, and then let the general public vote on it!

In my experience, University staff are a cosseted, overpaid group whose pay and conditions have been way in excess of their actual contribution to society, with few exceptions.
Print ALL the hours worked, holiday entitlement, salaries, pension and benefits packages of ALL University staff, and then let the general public vote on it! In my experience, University staff are a cosseted, overpaid group whose pay and conditions have been way in excess of their actual contribution to society, with few exceptions. George4th
  • Score: -8

7:18pm Thu 6 Feb 14

apm1954 says...

Redhaired22 wrote:
apm1954 wrote:
trust they will not be paid for there day off , get in the real world , if not find another job, lazy 20 hours a week people.
Wow, such ignorance!! One. If you're on strike you DON'T GET PAID! Two, people didn't spend the day indoors watching daytime TV they were out on picket lines and having meetings, as stated in the article.

Like others said, at least someone is getting off their backsides and objecting to fat cat salary increases whist the rest of the country suffers.

As for being lazy.... and 20 hours a week LOL! please don't attribute your own low standards and bitterness onto the rest of us!
hit a raw nerve i would suggest , take off your extended holidays yes 20 hour a week , i know i teach.
[quote][p][bold]Redhaired22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: trust they will not be paid for there day off , get in the real world , if not find another job, lazy 20 hours a week people.[/p][/quote]Wow, such ignorance!! One. If you're on strike you DON'T GET PAID! Two, people didn't spend the day indoors watching daytime TV they were out on picket lines and having meetings, as stated in the article. Like others said, at least someone is getting off their backsides and objecting to fat cat salary increases whist the rest of the country suffers. As for being lazy.... and 20 hours a week LOL! please don't attribute your own low standards and bitterness onto the rest of us![/p][/quote]hit a raw nerve i would suggest , take off your extended holidays yes 20 hour a week , i know i teach. apm1954
  • Score: -4

7:21pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Facewagon says...

George4th wrote:
Print ALL the hours worked, holiday entitlement, salaries, pension and benefits packages of ALL University staff, and then let the general public vote on it!

In my experience, University staff are a cosseted, overpaid group whose pay and conditions have been way in excess of their actual contribution to society, with few exceptions.
And what experience would this be?
[quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: Print ALL the hours worked, holiday entitlement, salaries, pension and benefits packages of ALL University staff, and then let the general public vote on it! In my experience, University staff are a cosseted, overpaid group whose pay and conditions have been way in excess of their actual contribution to society, with few exceptions.[/p][/quote]And what experience would this be? Facewagon
  • Score: 1

7:22pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Facewagon says...

apm1954 wrote:
Redhaired22 wrote:
apm1954 wrote:
trust they will not be paid for there day off , get in the real world , if not find another job, lazy 20 hours a week people.
Wow, such ignorance!! One. If you're on strike you DON'T GET PAID! Two, people didn't spend the day indoors watching daytime TV they were out on picket lines and having meetings, as stated in the article.

Like others said, at least someone is getting off their backsides and objecting to fat cat salary increases whist the rest of the country suffers.

As for being lazy.... and 20 hours a week LOL! please don't attribute your own low standards and bitterness onto the rest of us!
hit a raw nerve i would suggest , take off your extended holidays yes 20 hour a week , i know i teach.
What do you teach, and what insight does that give you to the work done by university employees?
[quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Redhaired22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: trust they will not be paid for there day off , get in the real world , if not find another job, lazy 20 hours a week people.[/p][/quote]Wow, such ignorance!! One. If you're on strike you DON'T GET PAID! Two, people didn't spend the day indoors watching daytime TV they were out on picket lines and having meetings, as stated in the article. Like others said, at least someone is getting off their backsides and objecting to fat cat salary increases whist the rest of the country suffers. As for being lazy.... and 20 hours a week LOL! please don't attribute your own low standards and bitterness onto the rest of us![/p][/quote]hit a raw nerve i would suggest , take off your extended holidays yes 20 hour a week , i know i teach.[/p][/quote]What do you teach, and what insight does that give you to the work done by university employees? Facewagon
  • Score: 1

7:31pm Thu 6 Feb 14

apm1954 says...

Facewagon wrote:
apm1954 wrote:
Redhaired22 wrote:
apm1954 wrote:
trust they will not be paid for there day off , get in the real world , if not find another job, lazy 20 hours a week people.
Wow, such ignorance!! One. If you're on strike you DON'T GET PAID! Two, people didn't spend the day indoors watching daytime TV they were out on picket lines and having meetings, as stated in the article.

Like others said, at least someone is getting off their backsides and objecting to fat cat salary increases whist the rest of the country suffers.

As for being lazy.... and 20 hours a week LOL! please don't attribute your own low standards and bitterness onto the rest of us!
hit a raw nerve i would suggest , take off your extended holidays yes 20 hour a week , i know i teach.
What do you teach, and what insight does that give you to the work done by university employees?
get on with your job, i teach people how to get wound up, ha ha ha.
[quote][p][bold]Facewagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Redhaired22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: trust they will not be paid for there day off , get in the real world , if not find another job, lazy 20 hours a week people.[/p][/quote]Wow, such ignorance!! One. If you're on strike you DON'T GET PAID! Two, people didn't spend the day indoors watching daytime TV they were out on picket lines and having meetings, as stated in the article. Like others said, at least someone is getting off their backsides and objecting to fat cat salary increases whist the rest of the country suffers. As for being lazy.... and 20 hours a week LOL! please don't attribute your own low standards and bitterness onto the rest of us![/p][/quote]hit a raw nerve i would suggest , take off your extended holidays yes 20 hour a week , i know i teach.[/p][/quote]What do you teach, and what insight does that give you to the work done by university employees?[/p][/quote]get on with your job, i teach people how to get wound up, ha ha ha. apm1954
  • Score: -5

11:56pm Thu 6 Feb 14

George4th says...

Facewagon wrote:
George4th wrote:
Print ALL the hours worked, holiday entitlement, salaries, pension and benefits packages of ALL University staff, and then let the general public vote on it!

In my experience, University staff are a cosseted, overpaid group whose pay and conditions have been way in excess of their actual contribution to society, with few exceptions.
And what experience would this be?
If University staff believe they have a grievance and think they are hard done by then they will have no qualms about revealing their full pay, holiday entitlement, hours worked, pension package, benefits package, sick benefit package and any other benefits they enjoy!
Let the General Public see and give their verdict, or are the University Staff afraid they will be exposed?!
[quote][p][bold]Facewagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: Print ALL the hours worked, holiday entitlement, salaries, pension and benefits packages of ALL University staff, and then let the general public vote on it! In my experience, University staff are a cosseted, overpaid group whose pay and conditions have been way in excess of their actual contribution to society, with few exceptions.[/p][/quote]And what experience would this be?[/p][/quote]If University staff believe they have a grievance and think they are hard done by then they will have no qualms about revealing their full pay, holiday entitlement, hours worked, pension package, benefits package, sick benefit package and any other benefits they enjoy! Let the General Public see and give their verdict, or are the University Staff afraid they will be exposed?! George4th
  • Score: 0

12:13am Fri 7 Feb 14

Facewagon says...

George4th wrote:
Facewagon wrote:
George4th wrote:
Print ALL the hours worked, holiday entitlement, salaries, pension and benefits packages of ALL University staff, and then let the general public vote on it!

In my experience, University staff are a cosseted, overpaid group whose pay and conditions have been way in excess of their actual contribution to society, with few exceptions.
And what experience would this be?
If University staff believe they have a grievance and think they are hard done by then they will have no qualms about revealing their full pay, holiday entitlement, hours worked, pension package, benefits package, sick benefit package and any other benefits they enjoy!
Let the General Public see and give their verdict, or are the University Staff afraid they will be exposed?!
That's nice George. Anyway, back to the question.

"And what experience would this be?"

In your own time George.
[quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Facewagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: Print ALL the hours worked, holiday entitlement, salaries, pension and benefits packages of ALL University staff, and then let the general public vote on it! In my experience, University staff are a cosseted, overpaid group whose pay and conditions have been way in excess of their actual contribution to society, with few exceptions.[/p][/quote]And what experience would this be?[/p][/quote]If University staff believe they have a grievance and think they are hard done by then they will have no qualms about revealing their full pay, holiday entitlement, hours worked, pension package, benefits package, sick benefit package and any other benefits they enjoy! Let the General Public see and give their verdict, or are the University Staff afraid they will be exposed?![/p][/quote]That's nice George. Anyway, back to the question. "And what experience would this be?" In your own time George. Facewagon
  • Score: 2

8:26am Fri 7 Feb 14

gilbertratchet says...

wwozzer wrote:
As much as I want to rant about them being lucky to even have a job and the rest of us having 0% pay rises (me for 6 years) I admire this lot for making a stand about shrinking living standards which affect us all.

If only the rest of us were so lucky to have a union behind us.
Agreed. Have to say, though, it's by choice you've remained in a job for six years without a pay rise. You can always look for a better-paid job. Or ask for a pay rise.
[quote][p][bold]wwozzer[/bold] wrote: As much as I want to rant about them being lucky to even have a job and the rest of us having 0% pay rises (me for 6 years) I admire this lot for making a stand about shrinking living standards which affect us all. If only the rest of us were so lucky to have a union behind us.[/p][/quote]Agreed. Have to say, though, it's by choice you've remained in a job for six years without a pay rise. You can always look for a better-paid job. Or ask for a pay rise. gilbertratchet
  • Score: 0

8:28am Fri 7 Feb 14

gilbertratchet says...

apm1954 wrote:
trust they will not be paid for there day off , get in the real world , if not find another job, lazy 20 hours a week people.
20 hours a week? Do you have any idea just how much time teachers and the like put into their work? I don't know many people who put in more of their time to their job than teachers and lecturers, and they don't get paid for a lot of it. Now, get back to your cushy paid-by-the-hour McJob where you get to go home at the end of a working day and not think about it until tomorrow.
[quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: trust they will not be paid for there day off , get in the real world , if not find another job, lazy 20 hours a week people.[/p][/quote]20 hours a week? Do you have any idea just how much time teachers and the like put into their work? I don't know many people who put in more of their time to their job than teachers and lecturers, and they don't get paid for a lot of it. Now, get back to your cushy paid-by-the-hour McJob where you get to go home at the end of a working day and not think about it until tomorrow. gilbertratchet
  • Score: 1

8:29am Fri 7 Feb 14

gilbertratchet says...

apm1954 wrote:
Facewagon wrote:
apm1954 wrote:
Redhaired22 wrote:
apm1954 wrote:
trust they will not be paid for there day off , get in the real world , if not find another job, lazy 20 hours a week people.
Wow, such ignorance!! One. If you're on strike you DON'T GET PAID! Two, people didn't spend the day indoors watching daytime TV they were out on picket lines and having meetings, as stated in the article.

Like others said, at least someone is getting off their backsides and objecting to fat cat salary increases whist the rest of the country suffers.

As for being lazy.... and 20 hours a week LOL! please don't attribute your own low standards and bitterness onto the rest of us!
hit a raw nerve i would suggest , take off your extended holidays yes 20 hour a week , i know i teach.
What do you teach, and what insight does that give you to the work done by university employees?
get on with your job, i teach people how to get wound up, ha ha ha.
You teach us that you're a moron.
[quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Facewagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Redhaired22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: trust they will not be paid for there day off , get in the real world , if not find another job, lazy 20 hours a week people.[/p][/quote]Wow, such ignorance!! One. If you're on strike you DON'T GET PAID! Two, people didn't spend the day indoors watching daytime TV they were out on picket lines and having meetings, as stated in the article. Like others said, at least someone is getting off their backsides and objecting to fat cat salary increases whist the rest of the country suffers. As for being lazy.... and 20 hours a week LOL! please don't attribute your own low standards and bitterness onto the rest of us![/p][/quote]hit a raw nerve i would suggest , take off your extended holidays yes 20 hour a week , i know i teach.[/p][/quote]What do you teach, and what insight does that give you to the work done by university employees?[/p][/quote]get on with your job, i teach people how to get wound up, ha ha ha.[/p][/quote]You teach us that you're a moron. gilbertratchet
  • Score: 3

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