University lecturers strike for second time over pay increases

Basingstoke Gazette: Lecturers are taking industrial action hoping to open negotiations on pay increases Lecturers are taking industrial action hoping to open negotiations on pay increases

FED-up lecturers marched through the streets of Winchester in hopes of negotiating a pay increase.

The strike yesterday (January 28), which is the second of three planned walk-outs, saw around 20 lecturers and senior members of staff grab their placards, drums and megaphones outside of the University of Winchester’s King Alfred Campus.

The march comes after it was announced in December that the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Joy Carter, would receive a £28,000 a year pay rise, or 12.6 per cent - six times the rate of inflation.

Lecturers however, say they were offered a one per cent rise, so in real terms, a 13 per cent cut of 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 on fair pay.

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 really 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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