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Universities in Leicestershire hit by second walkout

University of Leicester protest

University staff staged their second two-hour walkout in a row over pay.

Members of the University and Colleges Union (UCU) are striking against a 1 per cent pay increase, saying it amounts to a pay cut in real terms after inflation.

Among them are staff at Leicester, Loughborough and De Montfort universities.

In the past week, the row has escalated as university bosses at Leicester and De Montfort have chosen to deduct a full day’s pay from those who strike for just two hours and say they are following established protocol in doing so.

They are among several universities throughout the country to do this.

De Montfort University UCU branch secretary Cristian Serdean was among those on the picket line yesterday. He said: “We’ve had another strong turnout which we’re pleased about.

“Although the university has told academic staff that if they strike for two hours they will not be required to perform any duties at all for the rest of the day, we will nevertheless only strike for two hours and work the rest of the day as normal, in spite of not being paid for it.”

A spokesman for De Montfort University said: “Strike participation levels appear to be low and have continued to dwindle. We hope that staff will decide not to take part in further industrial action, which is clearly targeted to cause maximum disturbance.”

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