University Staff Set to Strike Again

Further disputes over pay lead to plans for more strike action on 23rd January

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University lecturers are set to go on strike again on 23rd January.

In an email sent out by Janice Kay, Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology, students have been warned that lectures scheduled to take place between 11am and 1pm may “finish early or not take place at all.”

Around 20% of staff – those who are members of trade unions – will be involved in another strike, which is primarily concerned with pay.

The lecturers are campaigning against a rejection of the national pay bargaining agreement which offered a one per cent rise to staff this year.

University staff nationwide will be taking part in the strike

The action was rejected by the three trade unions recognised by the University, UCU, Union and Unite, but the strike is aimed mainly at UCU.

The University will be withholding pay from the lecturers participating in the strike, and the funds will be donated to the student hardship fund. The staff hope to cause minimal disruption to students’ timetables.

Kay stressed that staff will “work with trade unions to ensure that any picketing does not disrupt individuals coming onto our campuses on the day of the strike.”

Exeter Students’ Guild said: “Happy and properly paid staff are a vital part of Exeter’s continued growth and improvement and therefore we urge all parties to meet at the earliest opportunity to end this impasse.”

Further strikes will be taking place on:

Tuesday 28th January 14:00-16:00;

Monday 10th February 09:00- 11:00.