Lancaster University & College Union
The University and College Union (UCU) represents academics, lecturers, trainers, instructors, researchers, managers, administrators, computer staff, librarians and postgraduates in universities, colleges, prisons, adult education and training organisations across the UK.
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HE NATIONAL PAY DISPUTE
UCU members voted YES to strike action and YES to action short of a strike in response to the employers' failure to make a proper pay offer this year. The value of our salaries has fallen 13% since 2009 and the employers refuse to negotiate a pay increase of more than 1% despite the fact that:
- Our employers had a combined surplus last year of more than £1.1 bn
- Employers are sitting on billions of pounds of reserves, around £10bn (even after the pension liabilities)
- Salaries for those at the very top have grown to a point where, as The Independent newspaper describes, 'performance seems to have no influence on vice-chancellors' bonuses and benefits.'
Strike action took place on 31st October, 3rd December 2013, 23 January 2014 and 28th January 2014. Members have been working to contract since 1st November 2013.
Forthcoming Strike Action
- Thursday 6 February - full day's strike action with members of the Unite, Unison and EIS unions
- Monday 10 February - 9am to 11am
As hard-working professionals, we feel strongly about the need to explain our case to students who are being affected by this ongoing dispute. UCU will continue to use all avenues and channels open to us to achieve a breakthrough in the face of the employers' refusal to improve the 1% pay increase. Vice Chancellors can bring an end to this ongoing dispute by instructing their negotiators to improve the 1% pay offer. Please email the Vice Chancellor Professor Mark E Smith and ask him to support his staff and end the dispute.
To join the union and the action go here www.ucu.org.uk/join
How to donate - Last time we went on strike we organised a fund for colleagues who would be particularly hard hit by the loss of income, ie those on hourly pay rates or on the lowest union subscription rates. Colleagues, particularly those on higher incomes, donated very generously to the Fund and we were able to respond to people’s needs. If you would like to donate to the Strike Fund, please send a cheque to the treasurer, Dr Ian Paylor - c/o Department of Sociology, Bowland North, made out to LUCU.
How to claim - Please do not let financial hardship stop you from exercising your right to strike. We are here to support you. If you would like to enquire about the fund, please contact the treasurer Ian Paylor
Professional Researchers' Networking Group
The Professional Researchers' Networking Group has been set up by researchers at Lancaster - for researchers at Lancaster and is being actively supported and facilitated by Lancaster UCU.
Please see: www.lancs.ac.uk/users/ucu/campaigns/researchers.htm for activities and further information.
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