Uni lecturers to walk out in row over pay

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STAFF at the University of Portsmouth are set to walk out tomorrow in a dispute over pay.

University staff are to stage a one-day national strike in action taken by three unions – the University and College Union (UCU), Unison and Unite.

The Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA), which represents universities as employers, has said it was disappointed by the move.

At University House in Winston Churchill Avenue, there will be a picket line up until midday tomorrow.

The unions claim a one per cent pay rise offered to staff, which includes lecturers, technicians and administration workers, means there has been a 13 per cent pay cut in real terms since October 2008.

Mike Wilson, regional organiser for Unison in the south east, said: ‘It’s because of the continual decline in the living standards for staff in the higher education sector.

‘It’s entirely unnecessary given the position the sector is in.

‘Our members have contributed to what remains a British success story.’

Members of staff from The University of Chichester will also be walking out.