UCLan in union strike pay row

Martyn Moss, UCU regional official
Martyn Moss, UCU regional official
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Union bosses have criticised the University of Central Lancashire for deducting a full day’s wages from staff who walked out in a two-hour stoppage during a pay dispute this year.

The University and College Union has listed the institutions which docked the day’s pay, or said they would, and has written to vice-chancellors and principals demanding the money is returned.

UCU regional official, Martyn Moss, said the union had written to UCLan’s vice chancellor. He said: “His hard-working staff took industrial action in a legitimate attempt to reverse years of declining pay.

“At the end of such a protracted, and at times bitter, dispute the university has this opportunity to start to improve relations with their staff.

“We consider any money taken from staff for more than the two hours they were on strike as an unlawful deduction.

“If the university does not repay the money we will seek redress through the courts on behalf of our members.”

A UCLan spokesman said: “UCU openly stated that it was trying to “maximise disruption” to students, while attempting to minimise any financial losses to its members. UCLan fully considered its response to the strikes, taking both sector and legal advice, before deciding to deduct a full day’s pay from employees who participated in the industrial action.

“This was the position taken by many UK universities. Unions are fully aware that their members will lose pay if they ask them to take part in industrial action.

“The relationship between academics and their students is at the heart of UCLan’s educational experience and the vast majority of our staff did not support the action and played no part in the strikes.”