Strike over pay causes ‘minimal’ impact for unis

Lancaster University.
Lancaster University.

Industrial action by several education unions on Tuesday caused minimum impact for students at both Lancaster University and the University of Cumbria.

University staff across the UK walked out for a second day of strike action over pay.

The three unions, UNISON, Unite and UCU, previously took strike action in October.

Union members are angry at a one per cent pay offer, which has seen their pay fall in real-terms by 13 per cent.

UCU head of higher education Michael MacNeil said: ‘Staff have suffered year-on-year cuts in the value of their pay and have made it clear that enough is enough. We remain committed to trying to resolve this dispute.”

October’s strike left some campuses deserted. Around the country, lectures were cancelled, libraries shut and deliveries turned away.

A Lancaster University spokesman said the university had sought to ensure that the impact to students was kept to a minimum, and a University of Cumbria spokesman said around five per centof their workforce was affected, adding that the impact on lectures was minimal.