University staff man picket lines in pay dispute

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STAFF at the University of Portsmouth have walked out in a dispute over pay.

As part of a national strike, members from The University and College Union (UCU) and Unison have gone on strike as they believe their pay has failed to keep up with rising living costs.

Portsmouth University lecturers man a picket line today

Portsmouth University lecturers man a picket line today

They have been offered a one per cent pay rise, which unions say amounts to a 13 per cent pay cut in real terms since 2009.

Staff were on the picket line at university buildings in Winston Churchill Avenue and King Henry 1 Street.

Mike Wilson, regional organiser for Unison south east, said: ‘The university employers have offered one per cent. They have done this despite the fact that student numbers are sustainable.

‘Every student is paying £9,000 fees each year now.

‘Our members have contributed to the great success story that is higher education in Britain.

‘Nobody wants to take industrial action. Nobody wants to take strike action especially when times are hard and money is tight, because we don’t get paid for taking strike action.

‘The whole point is to bring the employers back to the negotiating table for our members.’