Pay deal for Edge Hill University lecturers averts threatened strike

A strike at a Lancashire university has been called off after unions and management reached agreement about contracts for lecturers.

The University and College Union said it was “highly satisfied” with the outcome of its action at Edge Hill University.

The agreement will now be put to academic staff in a ballot.

The University and College Union said the threat of strike action, an academic boycott and dozens of law suits has prevented the UK’s newest university from imposing an “inferior and non-negotiated” contract on its lecturers.

The university still faces more than 80 employment tribunal claims, which could cost several hundred thousand pounds to settle, the union said.

Marianne Quick, Edge Hill University and College Union branch secretary, said: “I believe we have got a good deal for our members but it will take some time to re-establish trust between academic staff and senior managers.”

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