University staff across the country are staging a second one-day strike over pay today, Tuesday 3 December.
There will be picket lines at Higher Education Institutions across the North West.
Higher Education staff have seen their incomes fall by 13% in recent years while universities have a cumulative operating surplus of more than £1bn.
The pay of university bosses has ballooned – with Liverpool University’s Howard Newby pocketing 328,000 in 2011/12, and vice-chancellor pay now averaging close to £250,000.
This is joint action by the unions in Higher Education – UNISON, the UCU, Unite and EIS.
Theresa Griffin, UNISON North West’s lead for Higher Education said:
”The first strike on October 31st sent a clear message to employers that we are serious about not accepting further cuts to our members’ standard of living. The strike today shows that we are prepared to pursue sustained action.”
”Working people are fed up of having their standard of living cut when there is plenty of money for those at the top.”
”Fair pay in Higher Education is both affordable and long overdue.”
The North West strike rally takes place at 1pm at The Casa, Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BQ. UNISON Assistant General Secretary Roger McKenzie will address the rally.