Wednesday 18-05-2016 - 16:39
On Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 May members of the University and College Union (UCU) are taking industrial action in response to the 1.1 per cent pay offer made by their employer body. We're supporting these strikes and here's how you can, too.
We believe the most important assets to a university are the people who work and study there. In order to continue to deliver high quality education, the sector must invest in staff and address the inequality and insecurity that blights our universities. This is especially important in the context of the incoming HE Bill and the further marketization of the HE sector. Solidarity between educators and students is particularly important in combatting threats to the sector, thus we should oppose attempts to undermine educators, or divide students from educators. No education worker wants to strike but both ourselves and UCU cannot sit back and watch university staff pay continue to be eroded, inequality grow unchallenged and employment become more and more insecure every year.
Why is there a dispute?
The 1.1 per cent pay offer made by UCEA falls far below what the universities can afford to offer their staff and fails to acknowledge; loss in the value of pay, pay inequality, the casualisation or contracts, the ignificant rise of vice chancellor, principle and senor ay, and questions around university management spending at expense of their staff.
A full exlanatiion of why the strike is happening is available on NUS Connect and on the UCU website.
What can you do?
This year NEC passed policy to affirm our support for our lecturers in this industrial dispute and encourage member unions to support their local branches and demand that UCEA return to the table to accept the demands made by UCU and negotiate a mutually agreed settlement between parties.
To show your support for staff, and put pressure on the employers to bring about a swift resolution, you can:
- Use social media – use the hashtag #fairpayinHE to send us your messages of support
- Contact your local branch – get in touch to find out what will be happening in your area on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 May
- Write to your vice-chancellor – urge them to instruct UCEA to make an improved offer which acknowledges the concerns raised by staff
For any further information on the UCU strike action please visit UCU's website or download NUS' briefing.