Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Queen's and Ulster of University staff vote to strike over pay

Thousands of university workers across the UK have voted for strike action in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Unite represents technical, clerical and supervisory staff in Northern Ireland’s two universities and two teaching colleges. It recorded a 63.3% vote in favour of all-out strike action.

Unite has around 1,500 members in University of Ulster, Queen’s University Belfast, Stranmillis University College and St Mary’s University College.

Eugene McGlone from Unite said: “Our members found this year’s pay award to be totally inadequate and have rejected it. Negotiators will go back to the employers to give them one last chance.

“If the employers come to their senses and make a different offer there will not need to be any action taken.”

He added: “The employers worked on the assumption that our members would not stand up and fight but sentiments are running extremely high.”

The union, which has been balloting members over the last three weeks, has notified the universities of the outcome. They now have 28 days in which to take any action that could range from a one day strike to an all-out strike.

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