One of the biggest challenges to bringing this industrial action to a close is that it is of a national nature. Even if we take action locally, this will not mean matters draw to a close. Negotiations taking place must be agreed at the national level. While we can do our best to influence the outcomes of discussions, some of the matters, such as pay, are involve a process involving 146 institutions across the UK.
We are actively engaging with representative bodies on a national level and will continue to do so in the strongest possible terms, however we are not able to take immediate decisions to bring these matters to a close as an individual higher education institution.
LSE agrees that pay, pensions and precarity are significant challenges for the UK Higher Education sector that need to be addressed and throughout this longer period of industrial action, we have been closely monitoring the situation and taking action where things have been within our control. For example, previous local negotiations focused on enhancing the experience of early career and fixed-term academic staff at LSE as a key priority. In the coming weeks and months, we will continue to focus on this.
We also continue to discuss, as a matter of urgency, the pay challenges we face both for academic and professional services staff. In addition to the one-off cost of living payment given last year (£1,000 for all full-time staff), we increased our contribution pay budgets significantly in 2022/23 and maintained this for the 2023/24 round. There is important work to be done here and we are committed to doing everything we can.