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30th October 2013

Lecturers are on strike throughout the country

Academic and administrative staff from institutions across the UK, including the University of Nottingham, are set to strike on Thursday, 31st October. The University and College Union (UCU), alongside unions Unison and Unite, have planned the strike as part of an ongoing row with employers over pay.

These unions have rejected a pay increase of 1%, which they say means there has actually been a 13% pay cut in real terms since October 2008.

The head of higher education at UCU, Michael MacNeil, said “Staff have suffered year-on-year cuts in the value of their pay. Quite simply, enough is enough.”

The UCEA (Universities and Colleges Employers Association)has expressed disappointment at the rejection of the offer.

We spoke to Maria Ryan, a lecturer from the Department of American Studies, about her reasons for taking part in the strike.

Then we went out and about to find out what students here think about their lecturers walking out.

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