"They are striking to survive", Leeds university staff take stance over falling wages with three day walk out

Leeds University staff are set to stage a walk out this week over falling wages which they say are causing massive financial and mental health crises.

By Emma Ryan
Sunday, 27th February 2022, 4:45 am

Members of UNISON will be on strike at Leeds University from tomorrow (Monday) to Wednesday March 2 as part of their fight for a pay rise as the cost of living soars.

UNISON Branch Secretary at Leeds University Angela Blackburn said dedicated staff are having to choose between heating and eating because their pay has fallen so far behind the cost of living.

Ms Blackburn said: “In the last ten years the pay of the average employee in Higher Education has fallen against inflation between 17 and 20 per cent. In effect our members are working more than two months of the year for nothing, against where they were 10 years ago. This is not a sustainable situation. Staff across the country are having to use foodbanks and claim benefits.

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Members of UNISON will be on strike at Leeds University from tomorrow (Monday) to Wednesday March 2 as part of their fight for a pay rise as the cost of living soars. Branch Secretary at Leeds University Angela Blackburn said dedicated staff are having to choose between heating and eating because their pay has fallen so far behind the cost of living.

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UNISON Regional Organiser Neelam Bhambra said the Higher Education sector had never been richer and members had kept it afloat through years of Coronavirus disruption.

She added: “Our members are the people who took everything a university does and put it on-line in just two weeks which was remarkable. Financial hardship inevitably leads to a crisis in mental health and our members do not deserve this. They are striking to survive.”

The University of Leeds has been approached for comment.

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