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March, 2011:

Liverpool Hope University boss slammed for 20% wage rise as 100 staff prepare to lose jobs

TAKEN FROM THE LIVERPOOL ECHO

THE boss of a Liverpool university set to slash 100 jobs has seen his six-figure salary increase by more than 20% in a year.

Figures showed Liverpool Hope university Vice Chancellor Professor Gerald Pillay’s wage rocketed in 2009-10 by almost 21%, to £199,077.

Today, union chiefs fighting to retain lecturers’ jobs branded the wage rise as “astonishing” and said it made a mockery of the university’s claim to be prudent.

But Hope officials insisted the rise brought his wages in line with the going rate, adding Prof Pillay donated “a significant proportion” of his pay packet in 2009 and 2010 to scholarship funds.

The row came as Liverpool Hope university staff joined a national University and College Union day of strike action yesterday over pay and pension changes.

Hope university is looking to make 100 redundancies across the board, affecting both academic staff and administrative employees.

The university has stressed the job cuts were part of “efficiency savings” in tough economic times.

UK-wide strikes in colleges and universities over pensions, pay and jobs on 24 March

Members of UCU at colleges and universities across the UK will be on strike on Thursday 24 March in a row over changes to pension schemes, jobs losses and pay cuts.

The first national strike in higher education for five years and the first in further education since 2008 will deliver the first joint action across the post-16 education sector by the union.
 
Strike action will kick off in Scottish universities on Thursday (17 March) as members of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) take action in defence of their pensions. There will then be days of strike action in Wales on Friday 18 March, in Northern Ireland on Monday 21 March and England on Tuesday 22 March, ahead of the UK-wide action over pensions, jobs and pay on Thursday 24 March; two days before the TUC’s central London ‘March for the alternative’.
 
UCU members of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) are striking against proposals to reduce pension benefits and increase costs, even though the scheme is in robust health. More information on the dispute can be found at: USS changes – key questions
 
UCU members of the TPS scheme voted for strike action against proposals to raise contributions from scheme members and increase the pension age. More information on that dispute can be found at: Under Attack – Teachers’ Pension
 
UCU members in both further and higher education voted for strike action to defend their pay and members in higher education to call for job security. More on that dispute can be found at: www.ucu.org.uk/actionbriefing
 
UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: ‘Staff at colleges and universities across the UK will be out on strike on Thursday 24 March in an unprecedented level of action across the further and higher education sectors. The attacks on staff’s pensions, pay and job security have created real anger throughout the sector and instead of burying their heads in the sand the employers need to respond urgently to UCU’s attempts to negotiate.’

Overwhelmingly backing for strike action at Liverpool Hope University in jobs row

11 March 2011

Lecturers who are members of UCU at Liverpool Hope University have today voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action in their ongoing row with the institution over job losses and how the institution is responding to potential cuts in funding.

Over four-fifths (83%) of UCU members at Liverpool Hope who voted, voted for strike action. The union is now considering its next options, including strike dates which could be announced shortly unless the university rethinks its approach to its hasty restructuring plans.
 
Over 100 jobs are at risk and the union says the university should follow the lead of the vast majority of institutions in the country, and take a measured approach to future challenges. UCU says the university is rushing in to decisions based on funding assumptions that have been made without the full knowledge of future circumstances.
 
The union says that, instead of pushing ahead with plans to axe jobs, the university should listen to, and work with, its staff. UCU members in departments at the university have been drawing up alternative plans to deal with the difficulties the higher education sector and Liverpool Hope face.
 
UCU regional official, Martyn Moss, said: ‘UCU members at Liverpool Hope have made it crystal clear today that they have no faith in how the university is handling the funding problems that have beset the higher education sector. They do not think the university should be swinging the axe and chopping jobs and will be out on strike to make that point and defend their jobs if the university refuses to listen to them.’
 
UCU members at Liverpool University and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine will be strike on Tuesday 22 and Thursday 24 March in a row about pensions. More on that dispute can be found at: First strikes over pensions look likely this month as employers refuse to talk

Any Questions?

Dear Colleagues,

Radio 4’s Any Questions? is to be held at Hope’s Creative Campus (Everton).

Free tickets are available for the evening of Fri 18 March.

Look on Hope’s events calendar or see below: 

Call 3578 for tickets. I’ve got mine! Let’s get lots of UCU members there.  Do forward this to anyone you think will be interested.