Industrial Action, Staff Strike Over Pay.
Cambridge University must address the pay of essential workers, who have voted to strike.
“Any strike action will bring substantial disruption to services for students and staff including building closures. I’d urge the university to come back to the negotiating table with a better offer worthy of our members’ hard work.”Ian Maidlow
Branch Secretary Will Smith emailed members:
The result of the ballot is in. I am pleased to say that we had a 54% return. 75% of those who voted were in favour of taking industrial action.
Our thanks to everyone who returned the ballot paper. This is a striking result ! (excuse the pun).
The branch executive will be meeting with our regional officer to discuss the next steps.
We will be in touch soon.
Unite the Union
Cambridge University Branch
Staff Demand Pay Increase
One of the world’s most prestigious institutes of learning, based in one of most expensive parts of the UK. Staff are demanding above-inflation pay rises, to cope with a cost of living that rivals London.
Real Term Cut
The university is only offering between a five and six per cent increase. With RPI currently sitting at nine per cent that represents a real terms pay cut of at least three per cent.
Three-quarters voted to strike.
450 members working in the University Library, the Department of Engineering, Estate Management, the Fitzwilliam Museum and other departments were balloted over industrial action. Three-quarters voted to strike.
Unite General Secretary, Sharon Graham.
Unite General Secretary, Sharon Graham, commented:
“For over a decade Cambridge University has been offering below inflation pay rises and our members have had enough. It might be a prestigious university, but that doesn’t put food on the table or pay the bills of essential workers doing vital roles across the university.” “Our members will have the full support of Unite as they stand up to their employer and demand a fair pay deal.”
Unite regional coordinating officer, Ian Maidlow, added: “Our workers are being forced to take this action in response to the continued real terms pay cuts by one of the richest education establishments in the country.” “Any strike action will bring substantial disruption to services for students and staff including building closures. I’d urge the university to come back to the negotiating table with a better offer worthy of our members’ hard work.”
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