Universities’ staff in third pay walkout

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UNION members rallied in the centre of Oxford yesterday as they again went on strike in a dispute over pay.

It was the third time members of the University and College Union (UCU), UNISON and Unite have formed picket lines since October.

Members from both Oxford University and Oxford Brookes took part in the march through the city.

It started at Clarendon Laboratory in the University Science Area off Parks Road and they marched along Parks Road, Broad Street, St Giles, Little Clarendon Street and into Wellington Square for a rally.

Over the past three weeks, UCU members have held two two-hour actions and are due to hold another on Monday.

Staff are angry at a pay offer of one per cent from their employers. They say it is a 13 per cent pay cut “in real terms” since 2009.

UCU regional official Moray McAulay, said: “Staff are angry they’ve had to endure real-terms pay cuts while those at the top continue to enjoy healthy rises.

“Research shows that our universities are performing at the very top on the global stage, yet our staff are being paid far less than those in other countries.

“It’s time for fair pay for all in our universities.”

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