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Big pay rises for university chiefs last year

For 2012-2013, Russell Group VCs gave themselves "an average salary rise of 8.1 per cent and a 5.2 per cent rise in overall benefits – significantly higher than the 1 per cent pay deal agreed with rank-and-file staff that year" according to the Times Higher Education. Do we really think they are worth that much more than us, especially when you consider that their real money rise averages at about £22,000?

Rail fares up by 2.8% on average

Average rail fares are up by more than our pay rise. As the new year starts, it is yet another indication of how our real pay continues to decline against the cost of living.

On Strike Today!

Join us on the picket lines if you can but stay away from work if you cannot. We want to show maximum solidarity in our fight for better pay and conditions so come along to the rally later in the day in Birmingham to make your presence felt. Full details in the previous news article below.

Strike rally, Birmingham, December 3rd

On December 3rd, UCU members in Further and Higher Education, along with UNITE and UNISON members in Higher Education, are going
on strike over their continued low pay. Please support the strike and attend the rally!

Assemble Midday, Rally 1pm - 2pm
John Lee Theatre, Birmingham & Midland
Institute, Margaret Street (near/off Victoria
Square), Birmingham City Centre, B3 3BS

Full details are in the flyer attached to this post.

Latest on the strike call for December 3rd

The employers have failed to give any increase on our pay offer so it is vital that we ALL support the strike action on December 3rd. We will be maintaining picket lines and will try to cover all entrances so please let Mike Kirkman know if you can help (kirkmanm@aston.ac.uk). If not, we expect you to honour the national consensus for taking strike action and NOT TO COME TO WORK on Tuesday. However, we do not want to create unnecessary inconvenience to other people so please give advance notice of lectures and meetings being cancelled to all those affected.