Manchester University living wage dispute talks ‘progressing’

Victoria Barker

Unison say talks are ‘progressing’ in a dispute between catering staff at The University of Manchester and the company who employs them.

Last month University of Manchester Conferences ltd (UMC), the subsidiary company who run catering and hospitality at the University of Manchester, announced plans to axe up to 43 jobs at the University.

To put salt into wounds, the company also announced that some remaining staff will be taking a pay cut because their hours will be slashed to term time only.

The shock news was made even harder to bare for staff at UMC, because it came just a month after their employer announced plans to pay them all a living wage.

In response to this, a campaign group was set up called “Keep the Caterers”on Facebook. Since the group was established, protesters have stormed management meetings and held mass demonstrations, to try and draw attention to the…

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