Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland universities staff strike over pay

Lecturers and support staff are on a one-day strike at Queen's University and the University of Ulster in a dispute over pay and work loads.

Academic and support staff who belong to the University and College Union and the UK's biggest union, UNITE, will strike for one day over pay.

It is part of a UK-wide strike of members of the trade union, Unison.

Neither Queen's University Belfast nor the University of Ulster officially support the action.

Both universities have said that all campuses will be open and have encouraged students to come in for class.

'Insulting'

A statement from QUB said: "The position of the university is that it does not support strike action and will be taking all necessary steps to ensure that it is 'business as usual' on 31 October with minimal impact on students."

The president of the UCU at Queen's University, Prof Mike Larkin, said that union members felt like they had little option but to strike.

"With inflation rising year on year and currently running at 3.3%, a final offer of 1% is insulting. Queen's uses the slogan 'We are exceptional' - it is time they rewarded the whole staff that made it so," he said.