While lecturers have seen their pay devalued by 14.5% since 2009 the latest annual increase in pay and benefits (excluding pensions) of 6.1% for VCs. One in five universities gave their leaders a rise of 10% or more. The Times Higher Education compares that to an average increase of 1.3% for staff over the same period.
There are 75,000 staff on highly casualised ‘atypical' academic contracts. There are at least 21,636 university teaching staff with zero-hours contracts. 67% of research staff are still on fixed-term contracts – more than 10 years since the fixed-term regulations came into force, around a third of these are contracts of 12 months or less.UCU believes that the sector's reliance on casualised labour represents a scandalous failure. Widespread casualisation in the sector impacts on all staff terms and conditions and the rate of pay.
The National Union of Students supports the Fair Pay in HE campaign and it is important that all students understand the basis of the dispute and the reason they are being affected by the industrial action. Please use and circulate the UCU information leaflet for students. Paper copies are available from your branch chair or secretary.