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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 January 2014

University bosses' snouts in the trough

Warwick

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

Leeds

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

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