University staff to strike over pay

Warrington Guardian: More strikes planned in January and February More strikes planned in January and February

UNIVERSITY staff are set to stage more walkouts in a wave of strikes planned over the next few weeks due to an ongoing dispute over pay.

Students at the University of Chester, which has a campus in Padgate, could see their lessons disrupted during the series of two-hour strikes.

The first is scheduled to take place on Thursday between 11am and 1pm.

A second strike will follow on Tuesday, January 28, between 2pm and 4pm with a third strike planned for Monday, February 10, between 9am and 11am.

Staff are protesting over a 1 per cent pay rise offered to university staff.

The University and College Union general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: "Despite another embarrassing round of embarrassing revelations about the very handsome pay rises those at the very top have enjoyed recently, universities are still refusing to improve a miserly 1 per cent pay offer and are still oblivious to the hypocrisy of their actions.

"Any kind of disruption is always a last resort but, after five years of pay suppression and members 13 per cent worse off in real terms, we have little option but to escalate our action."

Unions also warned that they have not ruled out boycotting exam marking, which could potentially leave students without a final degree mark.

A spokesman for the University of Chester said: “The University and College Union has confirmed it is planning a series of strikes during January and February.

“The University will be open for business as usual on the proposed dates and every effort will be made by the university management to minimise the disruption to its students.”

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10:44pm Thu 16 Jan 14

MAD 4 IT says...

PURE "GREED" !! SCHOOL HOURS ! GOOD WAGE ! = GREED !
PURE "GREED" !! SCHOOL HOURS ! GOOD WAGE ! = GREED ! MAD 4 IT
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4:43pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Nick Tessla says...

MAD 4 IT wrote:
PURE "GREED" !! SCHOOL HOURS ! GOOD WAGE ! = GREED !
You think Universities only open the same times as schools?

I've been meaning to ask you , are you a professional comic?

Not because you're amusing (which you're not - any humour has worn thin and it's more like the discomfort of watching a Victorian type freak show)

I ask because of the recent report that comics tend to more likely to be suffering from psychosis
[quote][p][bold]MAD 4 IT[/bold] wrote: PURE "GREED" !! SCHOOL HOURS ! GOOD WAGE ! = GREED ![/p][/quote]You think Universities only open the same times as schools? I've been meaning to ask you , are you a professional comic? Not because you're amusing (which you're not - any humour has worn thin and it's more like the discomfort of watching a Victorian type freak show) I ask because of the recent report that comics tend to more likely to be suffering from psychosis Nick Tessla
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