Glyndwr University staff strike over pay deficit

Published date: 04 December 2013 |
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STAFF at Glyndwr University took strike action in protest against a 13 per cent pay deficit.

Staff picketing outside the Wrexham university’s gates yesterday said pay had stagnated since 2009.

And they were not happy with the reported one per cent pay increase on offer.

Some staff members argued the ongoing pay dispute could have a knock-on effect on the quality of education on offer to students.

Senior lecturer in English, Dr Deniz Baker, said: “I think the concern is that people will leave the profession and we won’t get the best staff so it’s of concern to the students as well really.”

Kate Wagner, co-chairman of the University and College Union, is a member of staff at the university and said the strike was going ahead “to make a protest about fair pay for all members of staff in Higher Education (HE)”.

“We are working to contract so we are emphasising in our daily activities that we are not offering our goodwill,” she said.

“We have had lots of horns beeping and people stopping to say that they are in support of the action.”

A spokesman for Glyndwr University said: “We are disappointed the unions have decided to take strike action at this time but will ensure there is minimal impact on students. We are confident all services will operate as usual.

“Pay negotiations have taken place nationally against a backdrop of economic stagnation and expectations of restraint among HE institutions.

“The outlook for public funding for HE is still uncertain due to predicted government cuts and financial insecurity.

“The one per cent annual salary increase is made alongside the offer of a number of joint working proposals on other important elements of the unions’ claim, including further work relating to the gender pay gap and on hourly paid and casual work.”

University of Chester staff were also on the picket line yesterday, staging their second one day walk out in a row over pay.

Lectures and seminars across the university’s campuses were disrupted as a result of the action, which was called after union members rejected a one per cent pay increase.

A university spokesman said yesterday: “We don’t know exactly how many tutors have taken part in the strike action but we are aware there may have been some disruption to some lectures.

“We won’t know how many lectures have been affected until tomorrow.”

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