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Cambridge University staffs to go on a strike over bitter pay row

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Cambridge University staffs to strike

On Wednesday, it was announced that Cambridge University shall be on a still state this month as staffs and academicians are set to strike, over the bitter pay row.

Even after being offered one percent pay rise, the members of the unions UNISON, Unite and the University and College Union (UCU), who work in higher education, are in favour of industrial action.

According to an official, this will be a nationwide strike which will be held on 31st October, 2013. The strike would last until the row over one percent pay increase is resolved, within the next two weeks.

UCU head of higher education, 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."

"The suppression of academic pay is one of the most sustained pay cuts since the Second World War, and while strike action is always a last resort, the fact that staff are prepared to take this step demonstrates just how angry they are", he added. (Sic)

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