Here we go again, 4th year in a row we've been offered a 1% pay rise. I expect my university to ignore it as they're too busy with their 'professional services review'. So far IT and several other sections are coming to the end of phase 1 which has seen a large percentage of the department made redundant or handed a two grade (£12,000 - £15,000) pay cut. The rest of us have been told we will be outsourced within two years and that "any Tom, Dick or Harry" could do our jobs. Phase two starts soon, which will encompass the library and other services within the university. Meanwhile the uni has continued its cash grab - sold off halls of residence and other assets, giving it £30M cash in the bank and is pushing out academics who don't bring in research grants in an attempt to get higher in the ranking system and attract more high fee paying foreign students. No training, no promotions, never seen morale so low. Never seen so many people finally realise they have no alternative and nothing to lose by striking. From UCU email: With four years of pay cuts hitting the living standards of everyone in our sector and the university employers sitting on an amassed surplus of more than £1.1 billion, it's not surprising that members in higher education are angry. The position of higher education staff has also made the mainstream press, with Sunday's Observer carrying an article from Will Hutton describing our four year pay cut as the 'most sustained cut in wages suffered by any profession since the Second World War'.