University staff prepare for full day strike on Monday

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Workers at three universities are preparing a day-long walk-out on Monday over an ongoing pay row.

The University and College Union said its members at University of East London, Queen Mary University and the University of Greenwich will strike over the dispute.

Staff had said they would strike for two hours but following a threat by their employers to dock pay have increased it to a full day.

The union said uni bosses are refusing to improve a 1% pay offer. It says it will mean staff have a real-terms pay cut of 13% since 2009, at a time when vice-chancellors enjoyed a 5.1% pay rise last year.

The universities response to the walk-out by docking pay has been slammed by the union as "penny-pinching".

UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: "Three universities in the capital will suffer a full day's strike action on Monday because staff are so furious at how they have been treated.

"Docking extra pay when staff are involved in just a two-hour strike has led to even more disruption and demonstrates that the universities' motives were intimidation and penny-pinching. This had nothing to do with students' best interests."

The Universities and Colleges Employers Association said establishments cannot afford to increase the offer.

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