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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.
Whilst several trees lost branches. This Poplar tree was the only casualty in Peckham Rye Park during the recent ‘St Jude’ storm. It came down in ‘The rockery’ blocking the path between The Japanese Garden and The Oval.
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