University staff to go on strike in Norwich

The UEA. Photo: Bill Smith

The UEA. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Archant © 2011

University staff across the UK will go on a strike from tomorrow over an ongoing pay dispute.

The two-day walkout is being led by University and College Union (UCU) members and will include staff at the University of East Anglia.

It is part of national strike action following a 1.1pc pay offer from the Universities and Colleges Employers Association.

Union members at the UEA will picket outside both entrances of the Norwich campus from 8am tomorrow and Thursday.

A UEA spokesman said: 'The unions will not tell universities how many staff will go on strike, but we are expecting minimal disruption. It is exam season so most students are either in exams or revising.'


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The UCU claims the squeeze on staff salaries comes despite pay rises for university leaders increasing by 5.1pc in 2014/15.

Regional official Lydia Richards said: 'A 1.1pc pay offer is particularly insulting when we know vice-chancellors have just had over 5pc. University staff can no longer put up with the continued squeeze on their income. After six years of pay cuts and constant demands to do more for less, staff have said enough is enough.

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'Industrial action which impacts on students is never taken lightly, but members feel that they have been left with no alternative.'

The union said its members will also refuse to work overtime, set additional work or undertake voluntary duties from tomorrow.

If no agreement is reached in the coming weeks, members have agreed to further strike action targeting open days and graduation ceremonies in June and July.

The union is also beginning preparations for a boycott of the setting and marking of students' work, to begin in the autumn.

Around two thirds of members who voted backed strike action and more than three quarters voted for action short of a strike.

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