Sinn Féin MLA and member of Department of Employment and Learning Committee Bronwyn McGahan has said that members of University and College Union (UCU) should only be deducted pay for the time they are out in strike.
Ms. McGahan said,
“The statement by the University of Ulster and Queens that they will deduct a full days pay for UCU members who embark on a two hour strike is I believe an attempt to penalise union members over their right to strike.
“The strike which is organised the stoppage to highlight the low wage increase of 1% offered to their members is a legitimate action organised through the union.
“People who participate in the strike realise that the two hour stoppage will be unpaid but the threat by the Universities to deduct a full days pay is vindictive and does nothing to resolve the issue.
“People have a right to be paid for work carried out and I am calling on the Universities to remove the threat of deduction and negotiate with the Union so that normal service can be resumed at our Universities.”