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University lecturers set date for strike over pay.

LECTURERS at Coventry and Warwick universities angry about their pay levels have set a date for a one-day strike.

The Evening Telegraph revealed on Saturday how members of trade unions the Association of University Teachers and the National Association of Teachers and Lecturers in Further and Higher Education were set to strike. A one-day strike has now been set for Tuesday, March 7.

From then on, they will refuse to mark exams or coursework, refuse to cover for absent colleagues and refuse to take part in appraisals. Staff in IT departments who belong to either of the two unions will refuse to be on call.

The boycott of exam and coursework marking could delay final year students finding out whether or not they have achieved a degree.

President of the Warwick University branch of the AUT Anne Marie Greene said: "There might be a last-ditch attempt for a settlement.

"But people are angry and they've had enough and we're hoping that if the strike does go ahead we'll get a good turn-out."

Bosses at both universities say they hope negotiations at national level will avert a strike.

Coventry University's vice chancellor Prof Madeleine Atkins has pledged to do everything to keep disruption to students to a minimum.

Lecturers start just above pounds 20,000 with professors earning a minimum of pounds 45,000. But union bosses say pay has fallen by 40 per cent in the last 10 years, and that earnings for lecturers have fallen behind other professions.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 21, 2006
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