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Strike-hit QUB refuses to reveal pay of registrar

By Staff Reporter

As strike action enters its fourth week at Queen's University, a union has hit out at the Belfast institution's managers for refusing to reveal their full salary and pensions packages.

The claim came as Queen's refused to release details of the payment and pension package of one of its most senior staff.

The University College Union (UCU) accused Queen's management of "lacking conviction and clarity" and "failed to show leadership" over the course of the strike.

Queen's is among 61 UK universities taking part in strike action.

The dispute involves proposals made by UK universities to end the benefit element of their pension scheme, replacing it with a defined contribution scheme based upon stock market investment performance.

Following a Freedom of Information Act request, the university refused to reveal details of the salary and pension arrangements for its registrar, James O'Kane.

UCU president at Queen's, Dr Fabian Schupper, said: "It is indefensible that these managers can enjoy what most people would consider very generous pensions, then, in Mr O'Kane's case, refuse to tell the public how much they're being paid, and then oppose staff demands for a fair and sustainable pension.

"According to James O'Kane, we should be happy to see our pensions moved to a defined contribution model and face cuts of up to 55%."

Queen's did not respond to a request for comment.

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