University staff walk out

Members of the Unite union, working in universities across the UK, are on strike in a dispute over their pay and working conditions.

Unite: Action over "five-year pay drought"

Unite members working in universities across the country, including Newcastle University, are taking strike action today.

Unite national officer for education Mike McCartney said:

"Our members are taking this action with a heavy heart, but they have endured a five-year pay drought. We are calling for the employers to get around the table urgently so that our members contribution to the prestige and reputation of higher education is recognised.

"You have the curious scenario of highly-paid vice-chancellors at UK universities travelling the world extolling the merits of their universities to attract more foreign students.

"Yet, at the same time, our members, who underpin these highly regarded institutions of academic excellence, are treated with disdain when they ask for a decent pay rise, at a time when household bills, such as energy costs, are going through the roof.

"We hope that the strike will focus employers' minds and they realise their staff are their most important asset and reward them accordingly."

– Mike McCartney, Unite national officer for education

Unite staff to strike in Newcastle

Newcastle University Credit: Tom White/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Members of the Unite union who are working in universities across the UK are taking strike action today in a row with the Government over pay and working conditions.

Lectures will be cancelled as staff form picket lines in cities around the country this morning, including Newcastle.

Unite is taking industrial action in a joint operation with the University and College Union (UCU) and Unison. The move is expected to cause the most widespread disruption at universities for years.

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