Liverpool University support staff continue fight following well-supported strike

Casa 1 Casa 2 from Steve T 930 Roscoe & Gladstone Hall 8amMembers at Liverpool University are set to move into a second phase of industrial action with the introduction of an overtime ban following the well-supported strike action on Wednesday (4th).

All catering was stopped at the university halls of residence with the employer forced to give out food vouchers to all students for two days.

Eighteen buildings across the campus were picketed with many closed despite action by the employer to try and force staff to train strike breakers on opening buildings and by bringing private companies in to cover security and cleaning work

99 % of staff in these key groups took strike action in addition to building managers, chefs, security, porters and catering assistants.

Pickets were vibrant and good humoured with entertainment from the Liverpool socialist choir and free donations of tea and toast were provided.

Support was also provided from Liverpool University Guild of Students who issued a statement on its website.

Students from across the city campuses signed a petition calling on the Vice Chancellor, Sir Howard Newby, to cease the attacks on the terms and conditions of the staff.

The staff are taking the action in response to attacks by the university management that will cut pay for working unsocial hours.  Some staff stand to lose over 10% of their income. 

The industrial action will continue when the one-week overtime ban takes effect from this Saturday (7th). The ban will affect parents’ visiting days and other events as the term draws to an end.

Maria Moss, Regional Organiser for UNISON North West said:

“These are low-paid, hard-working staff who simply can’t afford a substantial cut in their pay.  It’s not fair and it’s not necessary.  The University does not need to do this and our members are committed to stopping this pay cut.”

“The University has substantial reserves and pays vice-chancellor Howard Newby more than any other university boss in the North West.”

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