University of Bedfordshire staff to strike?

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Staff at the University of Bedfordshire could be part of a nationwide strike involving 30,000 people across the UK.

Support staff are being balloted by trade union UNISON after more than two-thirds of UK staff rejected offers on pay and pensions during the summer.

The pay deal from university employers would mean a below-inflation rise of just 1.8 per cent for most staff despite vice-chancellors enjoying six-figure salaries.

UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “Yet again university employers are fobbing off higher education staff with a below-inflation wage increase.

“Vice-chancellors’ and other senior managers’ pay packets continue to swell. But they won’t stump up for all the other staff who make universities world class, despite being pushed hard for a decent pay rise.

“Their mediocre offer will do nothing to help staff, especially the lowest paid who are struggling to get by on poverty wages.”