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York Young Greens Support Higher Education Strike

31 October 2013

Young Greens groups across the country, including York, joined lecturers and other university staff on strike this Thursday, following a unanimous vote by the Young Greens National Committee to support the industrial action over pay and other issues.

University of York Green Party members have launched a student petition in support of the workers taking action and will be joining picket lines across campus.

UoY Green Party Chair Nick Devlin said, “We are encouraging all students to visit the picket lines during the strike and show some support for the people who keep our university running. They are fighting for fair pay for all at the University, and it is vital students show their solidarity.

“With the Vice Chancellor paid nearly 18 times more than the lowest paid, it’s time for fair pay on campus – a Living Wage for all and a maximum pay ratio of 10:1.”

The strike comes after the launch of a Young Greens report, The Fair Pay League, which shows that the average Vice Chancellor pay is over £248,000, and 1,633 senior staff members in the sector are paid over £140,000 per year – more than enough to pay the nearly 5,000 workers on the Minimum Wage at Universities a Living Wage.

Members of the Young Greens will also be joining picket lines in Manchester, Norwich, and elsewhere.

The strike action is over a 13% real-terms pay cut over the last four years and a below-inflation 1% pay offer this year, as well as calls for equal pay between female and male workers. There is currently a £1bn surplus in the higher education sector which the Unite, Unison and UCU unions argue should be used to ensure fair remuneration.

More information on the strike and a petition for those backing the strike to sign is available here: http://www.fairpayinhe.org.uk/

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