University staff ballot to strike

Students at the University of York and across the UK may face disruption to their studies as staff ballot to strike over pay.

The UK-wide action involves members of the University and College Union, who suggest balloting for action is necessary due to a “miserly” one per cent pay rise by the Government.

The protest will be the first since the union launched industrial action over pensions in 2011 and the first action related to pay since 2006.

Should the ballots be successful, lecturers and staff at the University will take part in a “sustained campaign” of walk outs in the autumn, causing nationwide “disruptive action” to university lectures and tutorials.

The UCU claim the action is because their members have not received a “meaningful” pay increase since October 2008 and have seen a “13 per cent average real-terms cut in wages” and “they need a substantial rise.”

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