28 October 2013
HE Pay Dispute 2013 – Fair Pay in HE
UCU members have voted to take strike action and action short of a strike in response to the employers’ failure to make you a proper pay offer this year.
31 October Strike
UCU, UNISON and Unite have called on their members working in higher education to walk out on Thursday 31 October.
Staff have been offered a pay rise of just 1% this year, which means they have suffered a pay cut of 13% in real terms since October 2008.
The squeeze on staff pay comes at a time when pay and benefits for university leaders increased, on average, by more than £5,000 in 2011-12, with the average pay and pensions package for vice-chancellors hitting almost £250,000.
Strike day rallies
Birmingham – 12:00 midday: East Gate (outside Guild of Students) – rally and street theatre in support of the strike action – more information on this and a week of activities by Birmingham UCU on their website
Brighton - 12.00 Assemble Victoria Gardens (Grand Parade); 12.30 start march through Brighton to Church Street; 13.00 disperse for rally in Corn Exchange to finish no later than 14.30.
Bristol – 11:00am rally at Senate House; speakers will include TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady.
Cambridge – 12 noon at Central St Mary’s church (outside Senate House).
Exeter – joint trade union rally, 12:30pm, Phoenix Theatre; UCU speaker: Barry Lovejoy
Leeds - rally on Tuesday 29 October, starting 1.00pm, Conference Auditorium 2, Leeds University. Thursday 31 October: assembling after picketing, 11.30, Parkinson Building steps, Leeds University. Joint union march, route now agreed with police, to rally in Victoria Gardens or City Square, depending on availability. UCU speaker: Paul Bridge
London – details tbc; UCU speaker Michael MacNeil
Manchester – 12.30pm rally at Club Academy, University of Manchester Students Union, Oxford Road. The meeting is to be chaired by Lynn Collins (North West TUC Regional Secretary). On the platform will be Kevan Nelson (Unison), Dominique Lauterburg (UCU NEC), Unite the Union speaker (TBC) and NUS president Toni Pearce:
Newcastle – Assemble 12.30 for 1 pm Grey’s Monument, Newcastle. UCU speaker: Liz Lawrence:
Oxford – rally in the Council Chamber at Oxford Town Hall from 1-2pm; speakers from all three unions.
Sheffield – rally at 12.00 at the St Matthews Hall in the centre of Sheffield: UCU speaker: Simon Renton
Belfast - branch meetings
Edinburgh – Rally: 12 noon – 1pm, Bristo Square. Speakers: Mary Senior (UCU Scotland Official), Gordon Maloney (NUS Scotland President), Ann Henderson (Assistant Secretary STUC), plus speakers from Unite and Unison.
Glasgow – Rally: 12 noon – 1pm, Adelaide’s Baptist Church, Bath Street. Speakers: Dave Anderson (UCU Scotland President, Robert Foster (NUS Scotland Vice President), Dave Moxham (Deputy General Secretary STUC), plus speakers from Unite and Unison.
Cardiff – rally outside the Main Building of Cardiff University at 11.30am on Thursday 31st October 2013. Speakers: Margaret Phelan, (UCU Wales official), John Toner (UNITE) and a speaker from Unison tbc