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University lecturers on strike over pay

The picket line outside the University of Winchester

University lecturers from the trade union UCU are on strike for two days over pay.

The union says that a suggested pay increase of 1.1% by the Universities and Colleges Employers' Association (UCEA) is too low and have described it as 'an insult'. It says that universities can afford to pay more and that staff have suffered a cut of 14.5% in real terms since 2009.

Staff will also refuse to work overtime, set additional work or undertake any voluntary duties once the strike has finished, until a settlement has been reached.

The union has warned that further strikes may take place in June and July if there is no agreement.

The UCEA says that the current offer is the most that universities can afford and that with pay progression, the average increase in pay for staff would be around 2.7%.

Having listened, considered and responded to the trade unions on all aspects of their claim the employers remain committed to the fair final offer they have made.

We have explained that this offer is at, and for some beyond, a limit of affordability for HE institutions and the very best offer that will be available this year.

– Professor Sir Paul Curran, Chair of UCEA

Missing Marian - have you seen her?


Marian Hesketh, who is 46 years old, was last seen at her home in Stirling Road, Bournemouth at around 9am yesterday, Tuesday 24th May and had left the address sometime between then and 1.30pm. She was reported missing in the evening at 9.39pm.

Marian is white, five feet 11 inches tall and of slim build. She has blonde hair which is now in a bob. When she was last seen, she was wearing a brown fleece, blue jeans and light brown trainers.

She has not taken any personal belongings with her, such as means of payment and house keys.

Chief Inspector John Foster, of Dorset Police, said: “Marian has been unwell for some time. That she has gone missing is completely out of character and we are concerned that she may come to harm.

“Her family are very worried and want her back home."


Men wanted for knocking out man's teeth

Dorset Police are appealing for information after a man was violently assaulted and robbed in Bournemouth.

The man in his fifties was punched in the head and lost three teeth in the attack early on Sunday March 20th. His wallet and mobile phone were stolen in the robbery between Cambridge Road and Suffolk Road.

Newly released CCTV images show two suspects who are wanted for questioning.

Campaigners protest for better Lyme Disease awareness

Campaigners demanding more awareness of Lyme Disease have been protesting outside the House of Commons.

The disease is caused by being bitten by an infected tick and is one of the fastest growing diseases in the Western World, but it's still a condition that confuses doctors.

Lyme Disease causes devastating side effects and can affect the nervous system. It's spread by certain types of ticks - which are prevalent in the New Forest among other places.

Campaigners say that the problem still isn't being dealt with properly.

This mother is taken her child to America for treatment
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