AUT aims for campus chaos on Tuesday

May 21, 1999

Pickets and rallies will disrupt universities across the UK on Tuesday as members of the Association of University Teachers walk out over pay, writes Harriet Swain.

Speakers from higher education unions and the National Union of Students will address a rally at Hyde Park in London at 2pm condemning the 3.5 per cent pay rise offered by employers this year. The AUT wants an increase of 10 per cent.

Lecturers at the University of Lancaster have threatened to picket the university's main access road, while strike plans are expected to be caught on camera at the University of Southampton, where local TV is filming for a documentary.

The University of Bradford is to donate strike pay deducted from those taking action to the student hardship fund. In Scotland, rallies are planned at the universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Stirling, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt, Glasgow and Strathclyde.

The University of Wales, Swansea will be picketed from 7am and Cardiff will hold a strike meeting with speakers in the students' union. All four campuses of the University of Ulster will be picketed.

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