Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Individual Rewards for Collective Success

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Individual Rewards for Collective Success

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The current pay dispute ("Universities threaten to dock day's pay over strike", www.timeshighereducation.co.uk, 21 January) is exposing the disconnect between university senior managements and the staff who work in the institutions they run.

The hypocrisy of vice-chancellors and principals continuing to award themselves average pay rises of 8 per cent (some much higher) while they refuse to move beyond the 1 per cent offer to all staff in the current pay negotiations, or even to pay a living wage to the lowest paid in many cases, demonstrates the extent to which managements are out of touch with the realities of life for working people across the UK in 2014.

This cynicism has been underlined once more by the latest aggressive move by a number of universities: the threat to deduct a whole day's pay for just two hours of strike action. What this unlawful tactic shows, if further demonstration were necessary, is that vice-chancellors increasingly see themselves in the roles of chief executives rather than academic leaders and act in the most self-serving traditions that we have come to associate with bankers and cosseted executive board members. …

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