Strike ballot over paltry pay offer for lecturers

Lecturers from universities across the United Kingdom are to be balloted on strike action in a row over pay with almost 70,000 members of the University and College Union being asked to back the move unless there is an improved offer from employers, writes Andrew Denholm for The Herald Scotland.

The dispute has arisen after the Universities and Colleges Employers Association made a final offer of 2% following talks in May. The University and College Union (UCU) said the offer failed to address the falling value of salaries in higher education pay, which they argue have declined in real terms by 21% since 2009.

UCU Scotland official, Mary Senior, said: “Staff working in universities have had enough of seeing their pay held down while some principals take home exorbitant pay rises and max out expense accounts. The employers’ pay offer does nothing to address years of decline in the value of our members’ wages and we’ve been left with no option but to ballot for strike action.”
Full report on The Herald Scotland site