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May 31, 2006

The AUT Strike: An independent view

Why's the lecturers' strike still continuing and who is to blame? RaW News has spoken to the Guardian's Education Correspondent, Matthew Taylor, and according to him the Universities are behind the problems that students are facing, but the Unions' claims for 23% aren't genuine.

Listen to the full interview on the RaW News Podcast and keep up–to–date with all the latest on the lecturers' strike.

Don't forget we've got a one–hour special tomorrow at 5pm, where we'll be looking at all sides of the debate and assessing how badly students have been affected.

P.S. We've got Anne-Marie Greene from the AUT on tomorrow's show. She'll be telling us why the Unions feel they need to strike, how she's reading the comments on Warwick Blogs and why they've not put the current offer to members.

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Latest on the AUT Strike

The AUT look set to continue their strike action, having rejected an offer put to them by universities yesterday.

The "best and final offer" (which would result in a rise of 13.12% over three years) was conditional on the Unions calling off their 'action short of a strike' and putting the offer to its members.

Not wanting to agree to such a deal, it seems the AUT will formally reject the deal later today.

The result for students is that a deal seems further away than ever. More negotiations are unlikely to begin for at least a week, and then concluding a deal could take as long again.

It seems increasingly unlikely that graduations will go ahead in their traditional form. Instead, the university is likely to have to carry out their contingency plan which would see 'unclassified degrees' being awarded.

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