UWS UNISON members came out in strength on Thursday 31 October as part of the UK-wide strike for fair pay in HE.
Picket lines were formed at all campuses on a day of action that saw members from the library, estates & buildings, catering, ICT and many other areas not come into work.
It’s not action that’s being taken lightly but following a 13% decrease in the value of pay over the last four years, the workforce serving our students have had enough. Pay should be at a level which attracts and maintains a happy and motivated workforce. Instead staff are being asked to do more and take home less and less to their families year after year.
Emma Phillips, UNISON regional organiser for higher education said;
“For UNISON, this dispute is about tackling low and decreasing pay. In the last 4 years, the pay of the university staff that we represent has fallen by nearly 15% in real terms. Over 4000 staff working in our universities are paid below the Living Wage. There are people employed by universities facing the choice between eating or heating their home this winter. I find this shocking. Universities can afford to pay decent wages. They should show more respect to all the people who work for them.”