Strike brings London’s Universities and colleges to a standstill.

Nationwide strike by higher education unions brought Universities and colleges in London, and the rest of the country, to a standstill.

Todays first UK-wide joint strike by the University & College Union (UCU), UNISON and UNITE was called after staff were offered a pay rise of just 1% this year, which means they have suffered a pay cut of 13% in real terms since October 2008. The squeeze on staff pay comes at a time when pay and benefits for university leaders increased, on average, by more than £5,000 in 2011-12.
The cumulative operating surplus in the higher education sector is now over £1 billion and many higher education institutions have built up cash reserves. Overall staff costs in higher education, as a proportion of income, have fallen from 58% in 2001/02, to 55.5% in 2011/12.

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