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University bosses' snouts in the trough
The vice-chancellor of Warwick University, aptly named Nigel Thrift, has been awarded a pay rise of a whopping £16,000! This is an increase of 5% which makes his yearly salary £332,000. Just last year he upped his salary by £42,000.
This comes at a time when university staff have taken strike action against their proposed 1% pay rise.
With inflation at 3% this is a real terms decrease. It's the same story again and again - those at the top looking after themselves while everyone else is forced to suffer.
When news broke last year of Thrift's pay rise Socialist Students campaigned across campus and made the call for an inquiry into his pay, led and organised by the universities trade unions and student representatives.
Warwick Socialist Students
The vice-chancellor (VC) of Leeds University has received a £36,000 pay rise - meaning he now earns £318,000!
Nationwide VCs are receiving on average an 8.1% salary increase. Striking higher education staff, on the other hand, have been offered a mere 1%.
The £1 billion surplus in the higher education sector, along with the VC pay rises reveal the truth behind the claim that universities 'can't afford' to pay their staff a living wage.
Enough is enough! We demand a living wage for higher education workers and for workers in all sectors, an end to zero-hour contracts, workplace bullying and the casualisation of work.
Mary Finch, Leeds Socialist Students
Socialist Students national conference
Rally for Revolution: Saturday 1 February, 6pm-8pm
Socialist Students national conference: Sunday 2 February, 10am-5pm
Come along to the Socialist Students national conference. We'll be discussing and debating the big issues affecting students - student loan privatisation, #CopsOffCampus, cuts and housing, the thirst for socialism and Marxism among students and young people, the battle for ideas on university campuses, Russell Brand's call for revolution, and how we can build a fighting and democratic NUS!
The event is open to all members of Socialist Students on any school, college, or university campus.
The whole weekend will be held in the Epicentre - 41 West Street, Leytonstone, London, E11 4LJ
If you would like to attend, send your details to firstname.lastname@example.org
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