Striking university academics have pay docked

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ACADEMICS yesterday had their pay docked for going on strike over wages.

Oxford University staff lost two hours’ pay and Oxford Brookes University workers lost a day’s wages over the 11am to 1pm walk-out. They want a pay increase of at least inflation of three per cent instead of the one per cent put forward.

More strikes are planned for Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm and Monday February 10 from 8am to 11am.

About 30 Brookes staff with the University and College Union (UCU) demonstrated at Gipsy Lane entrance to the campus.

Retired publishing lecturer Bob Hughes said the pledge to block pay was “extremely threatening”.

He said: “I worked at Brookes for ten years and I am sorry to say that is all too reminiscent of how they carried themselves in the past.

And senior lecturer in politics and international relations Martin Millar said: “Threatening to dock a whole day’s pay is like saying we might as well take the whole day off which we do not want to do.”

Oxford Brookes spokesman Matthew Butler said the university would not accept “partial performance” of any member of staff.

Some 21 academic UCU members demonstrated outside Oxford University’s Administration and Services building in Wellington Square.

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Retired English lecturer and union spokesman Terry Hoad said staff had been hit by a real-terms pay cut of 13 per cent since 2009.

He said: “The university has the money to pay a decent increase.”

A further 13 also demonstrated outside The St Cross Building, St Cross Road.

University spokesman Pete Wilton said: “The university respects the right of individuals to take part in lawful industrial action.”

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7:18am Fri 24 Jan 14

Myron Blatz says...

My heart bleeds for those winging about being underpaid whilst we are still in a very deep recession - and that includes MPs and academics. Despite the Tory-led Government trying to 'talk-up' the economy by stimulating growth for bankers and financial servies 'vultures' in the housing sector, reality on the streets is that we are about to get even more, savage cuts in the public sector from the Tory-led bunch of fanatics, Nor is Labour-led Oxford City Council much better than their Tory counterparts in Westminster and on County Council - don't forget it was Labour which introduced Student Fees, sent our troops to die and get maimed in Iraq, and Bailed-out the Bankers and Financial Services Sector, after years of greed and half-truths by Blair and Brown - and watch-out, after the Elections in May for City Council trying to offload Sheltered Housing and the rest of Council-owned secure housing, onto housing associations - where Tenants do not have the same level of security of tenure which governments demand from all local authorities like Oxford City Council.
My heart bleeds for those winging about being underpaid whilst we are still in a very deep recession - and that includes MPs and academics. Despite the Tory-led Government trying to 'talk-up' the economy by stimulating growth for bankers and financial servies 'vultures' in the housing sector, reality on the streets is that we are about to get even more, savage cuts in the public sector from the Tory-led bunch of fanatics, Nor is Labour-led Oxford City Council much better than their Tory counterparts in Westminster and on County Council - don't forget it was Labour which introduced Student Fees, sent our troops to die and get maimed in Iraq, and Bailed-out the Bankers and Financial Services Sector, after years of greed and half-truths by Blair and Brown - and watch-out, after the Elections in May for City Council trying to offload Sheltered Housing and the rest of Council-owned secure housing, onto housing associations - where Tenants do not have the same level of security of tenure which governments demand from all local authorities like Oxford City Council. Myron Blatz
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8:43am Fri 24 Jan 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Quote:- “Threatening to dock a whole day’s pay is like saying we might as well take the whole day off which we do not want to do.”

But, if you consider the overall carbon-impact of your travel to work to then just operate at just 75% of your usual efficiency with nil income.

Perhaps it would have been the wise decision?
Quote:- “Threatening to dock a whole day’s pay is like saying we might as well take the whole day off which we do not want to do.” But, if you consider the overall carbon-impact of your travel to work to then just operate at just 75% of your usual efficiency with nil income. Perhaps it would have been the wise decision? Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: -3

9:16am Fri 24 Jan 14

davidrnewman says...

Interesting that Oxford Brookes' Director of Human Resources is Bob Price, leader of Oxford City Council. So much for Labour backing workers.
Interesting that Oxford Brookes' Director of Human Resources is Bob Price, leader of Oxford City Council. So much for Labour backing workers. davidrnewman
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