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Hundreds of university staff walk out over pay dispute + Audio
Hundreds of university lecturers and support staff have walked out after a dispute over pay.
Picket lines have been formed across Oxford as members of the University and College Union, Unite and Unison from both Oxford University and Brookes took their fight against what they see as a 13 per cent pay cut to the streets.
UCU Oxford President Terry Hoad has been at the picket line outside Oxford University buildings in Wellington Square, Jericho.
He said: “We’re here today with our colleagues from Unite and Unison holding a one-day strike in support of our pay claim, which is put in jointly by all the higher education trade unions.
- Listen to interviews with staff on strike
“Yet again this year we haven’t managed to get the employers to make us a realistic offer.
"They crept up eventually to one per cent, which when inflation is running at three per cent is obviously a real-terms pay cut, and we reckon that over the last four years we have suffered in total a 13 per cent decline in pay in real terms.”