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Friday, February 5, 1999 Published at 12:06 GMT


Education

Close the pay gap, say lecturers

Lecturers say their pay has fallen behind other professionals

University lecturers are demanding a 10% pay rise after it emerged that top academics are now earning more than £200,000-a-year.

The Association of University Teachers (AUT) is warning that it will back up the pay claim with a campaign of industrial action.

This could include one-day strikes, exam boycotts, and refusing to process applications from potential students.

On the day the claim is being submitted to university employers, a survey shows that UK academics have broken the £200,000 pay barrier.

It says an unnamed member of staff at London Business School topped the pay league by earning £220,000 in the last academic year.

'Cheated'

The survey, which also shows that university vice-chancellors received an average 4.8% pay rise during 1997-98, is published in the Times Higher Education Supplement.

But the AUT says the wages of other university staff have fallen far behind other professional groups while their productivity - in terms of the number of students taught - has increased.

It is also calling for the setting up of a pay review body for university staff, to bring them in line with school teachers, doctors and other public sector employees.

The General Secretary of the Association of University Teachers, David Triesman, said lecturers had been cheated for more than a decade.

"This time round, they are prepared to fight for a fair deal," he added.





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