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SALFORD UNIVERSITY LECTURERS STRIKE OVER POSSIBLE 40% PENSION CUT
 

Star date: 22nd February 2018

'THIS IS THE LAST STRAW'

Salford University lecturers went on strike today over an attack on their pensions, which their union, UCU, states could lead to a cut of between 20% and 40%.

Pickets were mounted at all entrances of the University, where UCU official Matt Arrowsmith told the Salford Star, "Our members feel this is the last straw...Nobody wants to be on strike but this is our last line of defence."

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Salford University Pension Strike
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The studies of almost 20,000 Salford University students were affected today, as the University and College Union, UCU, mounted its first day of strike action in defence of lecturers' pensions.

In what the union calls 'hardline proposals', lecturers would see a reduction of between 20% and 40% in final pensions, or around 10,000 a year. The union adds that "final pensions would depend on how the stock market performs, not on contributions" leading to "The worst pensions in the education sector, far worse than those available to both school teachers and staff in 'new universities'".

On the picket line at Frederick Road this morning, Matt Arrowsmith, UCU Regional Support Official told the Salford Star: "What we're seeing is an unprecedented attack on university pensions. The employers are looking to move all the risk from them onto our members, and they're trying to cheap out on their contributions at the same time.

"Our members feel this is the last straw" he added "Nobody wants to be on strike but this is our last line of defence. What we want is to bring the employers back to the table to negotiate but at the moment they're not having that. We want to be negotiating with Universities UK; we don't want to be stood out in the cold but until we get that dialogue this is where we are going to be."

There is set to be another strike at Salford University on Friday, as part of 14 days of co-ordinated action.

There is no press statement on the University of Salford website, nor its social media account, about the strike.


brian f Kirkham wrote
at 20:27:08 on 24 February 2018
University Leaders and their staff can cry a river. I do have every sympathy with the students though, as when the vice-chancellors got their way on Fees in Higher Education, the level of fees was kept at a low level...3000 was the MAX...and although it may have put up a brick wall in my case it didn't deter many...move forward to today, and these fees have trebled...whilst quality is hard to find...of course led by Oxford and Cambridge, Unis id expect to pay the top level...even your worst performing unis (not Salford btw) are charging this level...is that what you call a market ? If so its fixed.

Em3 wrote
at 09:51:38 on 23 February 2018
Agree - this strike is about stopping privatisation + getting rid of fees as well as casualisation and pensions

Paul Whitelegg wrote
at 21:02:15 on 22 February 2018
It is alleged that English and Welsh students have asked for a refund from the university as these student/parents are paying 9,000 P.A whilst the Scottish students get their fees for free. The university said NO refund so I think it's time For all to stick together and get to the small claims court . This supports the lectures and stops the Universities from profiting on strikes.

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