Cake protest by university workers

UNISON and Unite union members held a protest against cuts in pensions for low paid workers ouitside Sheffied Universtity's Firth Court building. Our picture shows Sheffield University's UNISON branch secretary Stuart Anderson, with the cake, while looking are, from left, Unite branch secretary Martin Bentley, Maggie Hague, Malcolm Crookes, Yvonne Steel, Joani Glossop, Liz Norris and Maureen Howard.
UNISON and Unite union members held a protest against cuts in pensions for low paid workers ouitside Sheffied Universtity's Firth Court building. Our picture shows Sheffield University's UNISON branch secretary Stuart Anderson, with the cake, while looking are, from left, Unite branch secretary Martin Bentley, Maggie Hague, Malcolm Crookes, Yvonne Steel, Joani Glossop, Liz Norris and Maureen Howard.

WORKERS at the University of Sheffield this week asked their bosses for “an equal slice of the cake”.

As members of the University Council arrived for a meeting at Firth Court, they were given a piece of cake and confronted with a demand to give the lowest-paid staff the type of pay rise, pension and bonuses they receive.

Trades union members and students joined the protest on Monday.

They say University Vice Chancellor Prof Keith Burnett recently received a 6% pay raise, taking his total remuneration to £331,000 a year, at a time of changes to the pension scheme which unions argue will cost low-paid workers thousands of pounds a year.

The university says that the change was required to ensure its pension scheme remained ‘sustainable’ and Prof Burnett’s salary reflects the responsibility of leading a complex organisation ranked in the top 100 universities in the world.