AUT tactics far from 'useless' 3

April 2, 2004

AUT communications have made it perfectly clear that the memorandum of understanding between it and employers will not lead to rises as high as 12 per cent for colleagues at the top of scales. Indeed, the "private admission" attributed to Malcolm Keight corresponds exactly with what he told members at Brunel University more than a week ago immediately after the memorandum was issued.

While the pay debate took place in closed session and your journalists were asked to leave, they were present when Natfhe's general secretary addressed the meeting. He supported the AUT's position and dismissed propaganda claiming a "split" between unions.

The offer is not ideal, but it represents at least a change in the employers' position that cannot be dismissed without a ballot of members.

The Times Higher 's negative attitude towards lecturers' attempts to gain decent pay is reprehensible. In alienating much of your target audience, it is probably also commercial suicide.

Alan Harrison
President
Brunel University AUT

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns