University of Bolton staff ready for pay strike
STAFF at the University of Bolton will stage a walkout tomorrow in a row over pay, it has been confirmed.
Unison members will be striking along with members of the University Colleges Union and Unite.
There will be a picket line outside the university before academics and support staff attend a strike rally in Manchester at 12.30pm.
Bernadette Gallagher, Bolton Unison branch secretary said: “It is a terrible state of affairs that workers in our local university are having to fight for decent pay.
“As well as lecturers the University of Bolton relies on a range of clerical and support staff who all provide a vital role in our education system.
“It’s estimated that there is a £1 billion surplus in the higher education sector. This is money that should be used to invest in support for students and this includes ensuring that the staff earn a decent wage.”
Universities around the UK are expected to be affected by the action, according to the three unions on strike.
The unions argue that a one per cent pay rise offered to university staff — including lecturers, technicians and administration staff — means there has been a 13 per cent pay cut in real terms since October 2008.
Unison say it is expecting tens of thousands of members to take part in the walkout and that it will have a widespread impact.
It could mean lectures or tutorials cancelled, or possibly even whole departments disrupted.
The University of Bolton said it would have a clearer idea soon about how many staff would walk out and said it would keep students informed.
UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: “There is widespread anger at the pay cuts staff have had to endure in recent years and all the reports we are getting is that Thursday’s strike will be very well supported.
“There are precious few days left now, but our offer of talks remains. If the employers refuse to move then there will be massive disruption across UK universities tomorrow.”
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