AUT walk out in midst of pay talks

The AUT have walked out of talks with the Universities Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).

The teacher’s union had met on Monday to discuss lecturer’s pay. UCEA had increased their pay rise offer to 12.6% over three years, but this was rejected by AUT National Secretary Sally Hunt, who said “[UCEA is] fiddling whilst Rome burns.”

Students are thus left with no clear conclusion to the issue, as the AUT will not back down, even after major criticism from SUs and the NUS to do so. Many students have not had essays marked or exams set, and the SU say it is as of yet unclear how many students will be affected by this. They note that they support the principle of the strike action, but believe boycotting assessment “may have a severe impact upon the academic progression of a number of students.”


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