University of Northampton lecturers and staff striking over pay


Lecturers and support staff from the University of Northampton have been striking today over a pay offer which they feel is too low.

The University College Union (UCU), UNISON and UNITE are calling for a “just and affordable pay increase,” and are striking at around 160 higher education institutions.

The unions have been in talks with the Universities and Colleges Employers’ Association over a one per cent pay offer.

A statement from UCU said: “Higher education staff have seen their pay decline by 13 per cent in real terms since 2009 and have been making increased contributions to the pensions for two years.

“The employers’ pay offer locks HE staff into a well below-inflation pay increase, although the universities have generated a surplus of more than £1.1 billion.

“UCU members are continuing their action short of a strike in the form of working to contract. The aim of both the strike and working to contract is to pressure the employers to return to the bargaining table.”

Staff have been striking at both the Park and Avenue campuses.