News Articles From October 2013

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Oct-Nov 2013

Strike over ‘phantom pay rise’ leaves universities and colleges resembling ghost towns

Many universities and colleges across the country resemble ghost towns with UNISON members in Higher Education staging a one day walkout in a protest over a phantom pay rise. Widespread support from both staff and students and swelling picket lines … More…

A whistle stop tour of the picket lines

Dave Prentis with pickets at the London School of Fashion, Photo: Amanda Kendal “Thank you so much for what you’re doing,” said Dave Prentis, shaking the hands of pickets firmly. It was a grey, dank London morning, and the UNISON … More…

International messages of support sent to higher ed workers

Unions from across the world have been sending messages of support today to UNISON’s higher education members, who are striking against a 1% pay offer. International public services union PSI, Canadian union CUPE, German union Ver.di, Greek union ADEDY and … More…

Solidarity across the UK as strikers come out in force

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis joins HE workers on the picket line at London’s UCL UNISON members working in higher education were on the picket lines today to strike against a 1% pay offer. Strike day began at midnight as … More…

‘A decent pay award should be the right of every worker’

Today’s higher education strike began with a message of support from UNISON’s presidential team, who sent their “full support and solidarity to UNISON members working in higher education who are taking strike action for fair pay alongside their sister trade … More…

Historic UK wide strike to hit universities

Feelings are running high ahead of the first strike to hit universities involving all three higher education unions, UNISON, UCU and Unite. The UK wide strike is to go ahead after university employers ignored calls to make a last minute … More…

Dave Prentis sends message of support to striking higher education workers

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis today sent a message of support to higher education workers who will be striking tomorrow over a 1% pay offer. “Taking part in strike action on 31 October will send a message to the employers … More…

Welfare reform and pay freezes see low paid workers worse of than in 2010

“Low paid local government workers are worse off now than they were in 2010”.  This is one of the shock findings of a study into the impact on workers’ living standards as a result of changes to in-work benefits coupled … More…

Higher education: why I’m striking

UNISON members in higher education deserve fair pay for the work they do – and they’ve been explaining why they’re striking on Thursday to get it. The employers responded to their call for fair pay with an offer of 1%. … More…