Liverpool University support staff are on strike today over cuts in their take-home pay. Some staff stand to lose over 10% of their income.
The staff provide services including catering, cleaning and building management which keep the University running and the students safe.
One Catering Assistant, who stands to lose close to £1200 a year in unsocial hours pay, said:
“The enhancements make my wages up to a liveable amount. It’s just enough to pay the bills at the moment so if the changes come in I am really going to struggle.”
“There’s the mortgage to pay and I am the only income earner, so I am scared about how this will affect us.”
Maria Moss, Regional Organiser for UNISON North West said:
“Our members at the University are fearful about what these cuts in their income will mean for themselves and their families. They do not know how they will make ends meet.”
“It is time that Liverpool University management changed course and stopped this unnecessary attack on already low-paid University staff.”
“The University can afford it. The University has reserves of £9m and chooses to pay its vice-chancellor, Howard Newby, more than any other in the North West.”
The new contracts that the University wants to impose on its lowest paid staff will also require them to work more irregular hours. Many staff work part-time and this will impact on their ability to hold down second jobs or manage caring responsibilities.