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Bournemouth University lecturers walk out in row over pay
LECTURERS and support staff walked out of Bournemouth University in a dispute over pay and conditions.
Members of unions UCU and UNISON formed picket lines outside the university’s Talbot campus and handed out information to students.
They were joining a national call for action against the offer of a one per cent pay rise.
Branch secretary of Bournemouth University UCU Maike Helmers said: “The action is against the very poor pay increases that we have had for the last four years that have resulted in a real pay cut of 13 per cent.
“The offer of one per cent has been rejected and more than 60 per cent of members voted for strike action.
“A total of 77 per cent have voted for action short of a strike which means from tomorrow we will be working to contract and not working any extra hours until the dispute is resolved.”
Mike Cracknell, regional organiser for UNISON, which represents support staff, said: “The majority of our members have been called to take strike action against the derisory pay offer.
“There is a lot of money going into education these days and the least we want is a pay rise which reflects the cost of living.”
Maike Helmers said other matters of dispute include the gender pay gap, staff conditions and staff benefits.
She said it is not yet known how many people have taken strike action at Bournemouth University.
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