University staff in Bournemouth walk out in first of three stoppages in row over pay

Bournemouth Echo: University staff in Bournemouth walk out in first of three stoppages in row over pay University staff in Bournemouth walk out in first of three stoppages in row over pay

AS university staff in Bournemouth walk out today in the first of three two-hour stoppages in a row over pay, one of their unions has highlighted statistics on the salaries of the town’s vice chancellors.

The University and College Union says that staff have suffered a real-terms pay cut of 13 per cent in the past five years, while Bournemouth University and Arts University Bourne-mouth’s bosses have enjoyed increases of around 20 per cent in the past year.

It said that Professor Stuart Bartholomew, pictured, at the Arts University Bournemouth saw his pay rise by 21 per cent to £205,000, while and Professor John Vinney at Bourne-mouth University recei-ved an 18 per cent increase to a salary of £214,000 in 2012/13.

The Prime Minster earned £142,500.

University staff’s refusal to accept a one per cent pay offer prompted the current pay dispute with UK universities.

Union members took two days of strike action last year and will embark on the first of three short, sharp two-hour strikes today at 11am. The next strikes are due on Tuesday, 2-4pm and then on February 10, 9-11am.

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10:43am Thu 23 Jan 14

Ziggy starburst says...

Good on them for taking a stand against the self policing greedy managers who help themselves to money when they feel like it with no shame. It takes a special kind of scumbag to award themselves a rise that would take their staff a year to earn. This is repeated constantly across the country while regular workers are told there's not enough money in the pot for a pay rise. Have you noticed the politicians have gone quiet about their massive pay hike that they didn't want but were forced to take? Good luck to the university staff.
Good on them for taking a stand against the self policing greedy managers who help themselves to money when they feel like it with no shame. It takes a special kind of scumbag to award themselves a rise that would take their staff a year to earn. This is repeated constantly across the country while regular workers are told there's not enough money in the pot for a pay rise. Have you noticed the politicians have gone quiet about their massive pay hike that they didn't want but were forced to take? Good luck to the university staff. Ziggy starburst
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5:35pm Thu 23 Jan 14

SeafaringMan says...

I was an academic at the Dorset Institute of Higher Education, then at Bournemouth Polytechnic, and finally at Bournemouth University - until they finally decided after eighteen sometimes stressful years (I suffered a heart attack) that they no longer needed my valuable services. The salary they saved would pay two 'Research Assistants' with 0.5 teaching requirement each. During my time they were never noted for their 'human relations' and it does not appear that this has changed to any extent. However even the last Director/first Vice Chandellor was never this insensitive to appearances!
I was an academic at the Dorset Institute of Higher Education, then at Bournemouth Polytechnic, and finally at Bournemouth University - until they finally decided after eighteen sometimes stressful years (I suffered a heart attack) that they no longer needed my valuable services. The salary they saved would pay two 'Research Assistants' with 0.5 teaching requirement each. During my time they were never noted for their 'human relations' and it does not appear that this has changed to any extent. However even the last Director/first Vice Chandellor was never this insensitive to appearances! SeafaringMan
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