Liverpool university staff strike against ‘£3,000 loss of pay’

12 September 2019

From Unite

Staff at the University of Liverpool are to begin a rolling programme of strike action, starting Saturday 21 September and ending Monday 2 December, in a row over pay and conditions which could see them losing about £3,000 a year from their pay packets.

Campus support services’ staff, members of Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, are angry about attacks on their terms and conditions being imposed by Liverpool university without appropriate consultation.

These changes have reduced allowances on average by £3,000 per year in regard to time off in lieu, overtime payments, shift allowances and additional responsibility payments.

The bullying and harassment by university bosses towards staff in a bid to make them accept these imposed changes are totally unacceptable and is having a damaging effect on the health and wellbeing of Unite members.

The 28 campus support services staff, who are responsible for the health, safety and security of the students, staff and car parks, as well as first responders in times of emergencies, will take 24 hours of strike action on Saturday 21 September from 07.00. Further 24 hour stoppages are planned for:

  • Tuesday 24 September,
  • Friday 27 September, and
  • Saturday 19 October.

A further 48 hour stoppage will start on Monday 2 December. All strikes start at 07.00.

Unite is calling for the University of Liverpool to reverse these imposed changes.

Unite regional officer Brian Nelson said: “The decision to escalate the dispute and begin strike action is a direct result of Liverpool university bosses imposing these changes on our members’ terms and conditions.

“We estimate that these already low paid members will lose about £3,000 per year, which is totally unacceptable.

“This dispute could have a significant impact on the health and safety of students, as well as the safety and security of students, staff and visitors accessing the university car parks and areas covered by CCTV operated by our members.

“We will not stand by and accept any attack on Unite members’ terms and conditions.

“Unite’s door is open 24/7 to resolve this dispute.”

The planned industrial action follows a ballot of 29 members from the campus support services, with 96 per cent voting in favour of strike action on a turnout of 89 per cent.

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