A crowd of chanting university lecturers has laid siege to their Vice Chancellor’s office banging drums and calling for a ‘fair’ pay rise.
The lecturers are angry that their pay awards have been frozen at 1% for the last five years while last month their Vice Chancellor, Joy Carter, received an inflation busting 12.5 per cent taking her salary to £222,761 a year.
Strikers say Carter’s £28,000 rise is twice the salary of some of the 700 members of staff.
Around 40 people gathered outside her office in a noisy two-hour stoppage – the latest strike in an ongoing campaign.
Simon Boxley the branch secretary of the University and Colleges Union said that the £200,000 salaries of many Vice Chancellors showed that university governors are living in “different world” to the rest of their staff adding:
“The economy is picking up, we need to see our earnings picking up as well”
In a statement Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Elizabeth Stuart said:
“The University remains sympathetic to the trade unions’ case, particularly for colleagues on the lower end of the pay scale who have seen low pay increases in recent years.
“However, the University deeply regrets these latest rounds of strikes as industrial action impacts most negatively upon students.”