Universities face possibility of continued UCU strike action

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It has been announced that the University College Union (UCU) will open a ballot for its members to vote on further strike action, which will take place in the forthcoming university year.

The ballot will be open just under three weeks (30th August – 19th October) and members have been urged to vote in favour of strike action in the wake of unsatisfactory negotiations that took place after the strikes of March and April.

The universities that would be affected by a further strike remain undecided at present, as are details of the duration of a potential strike, and when this might happen in the term.

Dan Ashley, a spokesperson for the UCU, stated ‘Any industrial action is of course a last resort and we will be doing all we can to resolve the dispute without the need for any action.’

The offer by the University and College Employers Association (UCEA) following the strikes was for a 2 % raise in wages, this was rejected as members felt employers were not addressing the continuing casualisation of staff contracts and the gender pay gap in academia.

The wages of university staff have not increased in line with current rates inflation, which is estimated at 3.4%, and the UCU believe their real- terms pay has been devalued by 21% since 2010.

The future is uncertain for academic staff and students alike in the upcoming semester. The prolonged period of industrial action in the last academic year affected student and staff bodies nationwide, more strike action in the upcoming year could pose similarly detrimental effects to these groups.

Last modified: 29th August 2018

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  1. Tiro says:

    8 0 Until the death of Prof. Shahul Hasbullah was announced, most people never knew there was such a scholar ever lived in Sri Lanka, except for those in his circle. With his academic connections to the foreign Universities he could have easily domiciled either in the US or Canada so that the life of himself together with his family would have been much better at least till he died. (Anyhow Allah Almighty decrees ones destinyinna lillaahi wainna ilaihi rajioon). If Prof Hasbullah had lived in a foreign country CT would have been able to obtain & publish an impressive picture of him, in an Armani or Calvin Klein designer suit. For eg. there is a Mannar born Gynaecologist who got Saudi citizenship is still practicing in Jeddah, must be in his mid-seventies now yet he could be seen at any Lanka festivities at the Jeddah Consulate. My point here is Professor Hasbullah is not known to the gen. public during his lifetime, as much as useless fellows like Asath Sally & some corrupt Mullas are in the news.

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