– By Tim Lezard The UCU has called a series of weekly two-hour strikes in an escalation of their action over pay in higher education. General secretary Sally Hunt has this morning written to members saying: “Your employers have decided to dig themselve …

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– By Tim Lezard

The UCU has called a series of weekly two-hour strikes in an escalation of their action over pay in higher education.

General secretary Sally Hunt has this morning written to members saying: “Your employers have decided to dig themselves in and refuse to move at all from the 1% pay offer they have now imposed on most staff in the sector. This is in spite of the fact we know they can afford to pay more than this.

“In a recent survey we showed the university sector is in good financial shape and is projecting growth in surpluses and reserves over the next few years.

“This has been achieved by holding down your pay and making sure you and your families take the consequences.

“Of course it’s one rule for us and quite another for those at the top, with the latest survey of Vice Chancellors’ and Principals’ pay showing average increases of 8% while you are offered just 1%.

“Our absolute imperative now is to make the case for investing in people – you, the staff who actually are our universities, which is why we’re launching a new phase of escalated industrial action now.”

Beginning at 11am next Thursday (January 23rd), the UCU will call a series of weekly two-hour strikes. Lecturers will strike again on January 28th between 2 and 4pm, and again on February 10th between 9 and 11am.

Sally Hunt said: “We’ve chosen two-hour stoppages because whatever action we take at this point must be targeted, it must be effective and above all, it must be sustainable.

“We want to maximise the effect on your institutions by targeting action at the times of the week where there’s most activity on your campus, while minimising the loss of pay for our members.”

* Tens of thousands of university staff walked out in November and December

This story originally appeared on Union News.

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