AUT reject good offer

Today the AUT rejected a pay deal of 13.1%, an increase on a previous offer turned down a week or so ago. While I do support the strike in the sense that lecturers do deserve more pay, I think at this stage the AUT are really pushing their luck. The universities are starting to offer figures which are borderline on what they can afford to, and the AUT are rejecting them without balloting their members on the subject.

I will continue to support my lecturers on the issue of low pay, however I feel that this has gone on for long enough for the time being, and that the 13.1% offer should have been accepted with a view to bringing up the issue again next year. Its a lot better than previous offers, a lot better than nothing, and while its not the end of the business, it would at least allow students who deserve it to graduate and those waiting for marks to recieve them. It will also bolster student support for when the issue needs to be brought up again in the future. I really want to support the campaign and I want my fellow students to do so also, but this really has gone on for long enough.


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  1. James Said,

    June 2, 2006 @ 6:20 pm

    They rejected the offer to get cheap publicity for the newly formed (June 1) University and College Union:

    ‘University and College Union launches 1 June

    The new University and College Union has today been created by the amalgamation of the Association of University Teachers and NATFHE – The University & College Lecturers’ Union.

    The new union represents almost 120,000 staff working in further and higher education and is the UK’s largest and most effective voice in post-school education.

    Built on the shared experience and expertise of the two strong unions – AUT and NATFHE – the newly created UCU brings together academics, lecturers, trainers, instructors, researchers, administrators, managers, computer staff, librarians and postgraduates from universities, colleges, prisons adult education and training organisations.’

    Now with greater bargaining power, the reformed Union will hold out for an even greater length of time. Don’t hold your breath on this one before a conclusion is reached (unless your David Blaine).

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