Rising for better pay – on the picket line in Plymouth

Photos from the Plymouth Marjon University picket line.

UNISON members on the picket line in Plymouth.

Plymouth Marjon University workers, including maintenance staff, IT technicians, administrators, and library staff, took a further day of strike action today in their long-running dispute over pay.

University workers rejected a pay offer for 2023/24 worth between 5% and 8%, but well below the rate of inflation at the time.

In a strike ballot that ended in July, the staff voted to continue striking unless their employers returned to negotiations with a fair offer. The university has failed to do so and has yet to fully implement the below-inflation pay rise that should have been paid to staff in August, says UNISON.

The early morning sunshine cast shadows on the ground as UNISON members gathered outside the university to picket.

UNISON members on the picket line with low winter sun behind them casting long shadows on the ground.

As the sun began to ascend, more UNISON members joined the picket line.

UNISON members on the picket line in Plymouth.

Pearl, the suffragette duck also made the trip to Plymouth following her appearance at the Cheltenham demo on Saturday.

Three UNISON members hold Pearl, the rubber duck dressed as a suffragette, as they picket outside Plymouth Marjon University.