Oxford Brookes University Union threatens legal action over strike pay losses

Oxford Brookes University Union threatens legal action over strike pay losses

Oxford Brookes University Union threatens legal action over strike pay losses

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A UNION has threatened legal action against Oxford Brookes University because members claim it deducted pay from staff who took part in a strike.

The University and College Union (UCU) – which has 300 members at the university – says lecturers were told they will lose a full day’s pay despite only walking out for two hours.

About 60 teaching research staff took part in three two-hour strikes in January and February over the lack of staff pay rises – losing a full day’s pay each time.

There were also three full-day strikes.

The dispute was resolved at the start of this month when the union’s members voted to accept a two per cent pay increase.

The UCU’s general secretary Sally Hunt has written to Oxford Brookes vice-chancellor Prof Janet Beer, asking the university to reconsider its position.

South West regional officer Nick Varney said: “We’re very clear there is a legal challenge here because it was a two-hour strike and we have evidence at Oxford Brookes where staff went back to work, which we instructed them to.

“We will seek a legal redress if we need to.”

Oxford Brookes spokesman Edward Reed said: “The university will consider Sally Hunt's letter and respond in due course.”

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11:59am Thu 15 May 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

The university's stance was well publicised in advance...

Do many lecturers work a "full day"? Most seem to be NSH staff with multiple contracts.
The university's stance was well publicised in advance... Do many lecturers work a "full day"? Most seem to be NSH staff with multiple contracts. Andrew:Oxford
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