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QUB staff to receive 'recognition payment' for work during Covid-19 pandemic

QUB staff are to receive a 'recognition payment' for their work during the Covid-19 pandemic
Suzanne McGonagle

STAFF at Queen's University Belfast are to receive a "recognition payment" for their work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Around 4,300 staff will get £1,000 each, while 300 casual employees are set to receive £150 each.

QUB are set to spend a total of around £4.5 million on the payments, which recognise the "significant sacrifices during the pandemic" that were made by staff.

In an email to employees, the university said: "This is a genuine thank you and recognition for your hard work and dedication during the challenges of Covid-19 over the past two years.

"Your efforts and achievements in working together to deliver teaching, research and support for students and the wider work of the university in ever-changing circumstances have been truly remarkable."

The University and College Union (UCU) at Queen's, which represents many lecturers and support staff, said it welcomed the Covid recognition payment.

"Like all workers the cost-of-living crisis, wage stagnation, and rising prices for childcare and other basic services have impacted QUB staff and their families," the union said.

QUB and UCU also confirmed that agreement had been reached on a number of other reforms including contracts for academics who taught on a casual basis.

The university also said it would commit to pay at least the minimum living wage of £9.90 to all employees and convert a number of staff on fixed-term contracts to permanent employees.

It comes after UCU members previously took strike action in a dispute over pay, working conditions and pensions.

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