There could be more strikes at 147 universities
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The University and College Union, which represents staff in both universities and colleges, have begun to ballot members in 147 universities across the UK to strike over a pay dispute. The ballot opened on Thursday, 30th August and will end on Friday, 19th October. The ballot was announced after the Universities and Colleges Employers Association, representing university and college employers, offered a 2% pay rise to university staff after the final pay negotiations between both parties concluded in May. According to the UCU, the pay rise is insufficient. The real take-home pay of lecturers, academics and other university staff has decreased by 21% since 2009 as a result of inflation. For the strikes to go ahead at a university, 50% of the UCU members must vote in the ballot, and a simple majority must vote yes. NUS Vice-President Higher Education, Amatey Doku, said: "NUS will continue to monitor the situation and await the outcome of the ballot in October. "Of course we will continue to stand in solidarity with UCU while promoting the interests of our members. It is imperative that both sides get round the table for meaningful negotiations and reach a conclusion that prevents any disruptive action.
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