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AUT fury as employers ban unions from pay dispute talks

The AUT has reacted angrily to news that university employers have reneged on a commitment to meet with them next week.

The employers had agreed to try and resolve the current pay dispute for higher education staff through a meeting scheduled for March 28th.

However, with less than a week to go before the talks the employers are refusing to meet with both the AUT and Natfhe unless they suspend their industrial action.

There are over 1,000 lecturers and researchers who are members of the AUT at Nottingham, all of whom are currently undertaking an assessment boycott in UK universities, which is leaving students’ work unmarked.

Both the unions and the students are keen to get the dispute resolved as quickly as possible to minimise any disruption to students’ studies and their graduation prospects.

Mike Byrne, the AUT secretary for Nottingham, said: “Although we are reluctant to damage students’ opportunities, this is the only thing that we can do to show how serious the situation is. It is possible that lecturers will hold out, possibly affecting graduation.”

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