Sheffield universities face disruption from one-day stoppage

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Staff at Sheffield’s two universities are set to join a one-day national strike at the end of the month in a row over pay.

Industrial action is expected to cause disruption at Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam universities on Thursday, October 31.

Joint industrial action is being taken by three unions.

Members of the University and College Union, Unison and Unite are set to take part.

They say a one per cent pay rise offered to staff – including lecturers, technicians and administration workers – means there has been a 13 per cent pay cut in real terms since October 2008.

UCU spokesman Michael MacNeil said: “Staff have suffered year-on-year cuts in the value of their pay. Quite simply, enough is enough.

“We urge the employers to reflect on the fact that they are about to face their first ever strike by three unions at the same time and come to the negotiating table to resolve this dispute.”

A spokesman for the universities’ association said: “Employers do understand that the general uplift offered to all may be frustrating to trade unions.

“But we also know that much more than this is going into pay increases for higher education institution staff – three per cent incremental rises for many plus merit payments.”