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University of Cumbria staff set to strike in row over pay
10:13am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
STAFF at the University of Cumbria will be on strike tomorrow (Thursday) as part of a national walk out.
Members of the University and College Union (UCU), UNISON and Unite are set to take their first coordinated strike action in a row over pay.
The unions said that they were disappointed the employers had made no effort to come back to the negotiating table for talks to try and avert industrial action.
University staff have faced a real-terms pay cut of 13 per cent since 2008, said the unions.
UCU Regional Official, Iain Owens, said: ”This year’s miserly one per cent pay offer at a time of rising bills and increased pension contributions was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
“Staff love their jobs, but their goodwill cannot continue to be taken for granted.”
A University spokesperson said: “Some UCU, UNISON and Unite members locally are supporting industrial action to demonstrate the strength of their feelings on the current pay negotiations.
“The university has always enjoyed good local relations with the unions and in advance of the planned day of action, the university will do all it can to minimise the impact any industrial action may have on its services and students.”
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