This petition has been sponsored by GMB and the University and College Union at Northumbria University.
In May 2012 it was announced that the Vice-Chancellor had been awarded a pay rise of £24,000 (representing a 12% increase) – taking his pay to £230,000 (the Prime Minister gets paid £142,500) – when academic and support staff were awarded just £150 in 2011 and are being offered 1% this year. This is unacceptable when
(a) Academics and support staff have lost a considerable amount of pay, sometimes in double digits, as a result of pay freezes since 2009.
(b) Vice-chancellors nationally have enjoyed double-digit pay increases over the same period.
(c) The higher education sector is in a financially healthy situation with many universities, including Northumbria, regularly posting surpluses.
(b) Administrative and support staff face the prospect of redundancies as a result of the current restructuring from schools to faculties. Note that the Vice-Chancellor's pay increase is the equivalent of an administrator's annual salary!
We, the undersigned – staff, students and parents/carers – call upon the Vice-Chancellor to surrender this pay rise and donate it to the University Access to Learning Fund (i.e. hardship fund).
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