university strike action

University staff on strike, with union secretary Damien Markey at the front

The Northwest Probation and CAFCASS branch of unison took a message of support to striking university staff yesterday

The unions say a one per cent pay rise offered to university staff is not good enough and will mean there has been a 13 per cent cut in real terms since 2008.

Speaking at the demonstration, Damien Markey, secretary of the UCU for the university and course leader in visual effects for film and TV, said: “We have been trying to consult with the University and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) but they won’t consult with us.