|University Vice Chancellors discuss salary proposals|
'The provost, whose remuneration of £404,000 last year was the second highest of university heads in the country, has told the Standard that paying contract cleaners a living wage “would cost £500,000” and was “a luxury” UCL “could not afford”.
London Evening Standard.
The big chiefs salary of £376,190 was affordable, of course, as is the massive strata of management. A few days later after mounting protests and sharply written letters from members of staff, he caved in. Management had been turning a blind eye to grasping sub-contractors paying cleaning staff the minimum wage (£5.80 an hour) - other London universities pay the London living wage (£7.85 an hour). The Evening Standard - normally a purveyor of drivel but for once doing its job and informing the public - claimed the victory as its own. Nothing to do with student protests and angry academics, of course. Instead a rag that peddles Press Association tat won the day. Of course, dear. Well done. Now go out and play. Supper's in an hour.
Back to Grant. Studying his Wikipedia entry - link - one sees in the very first paragraph that he has 'he has tackled critical issues, such as pay reform'.
UCL will be charging students the full £9,000. And one last thought... if they'd have been allowed to charge £12,000 instead: would they have done so? With people like Professor Grant at the helm, dredging his way through cleaners pay-packets and students fees as he enriches himself... what do you think? The problem with the cleaners was sorted because people protested. I predict a long, hot summer.
Conflict - Media. Conflict - Education.