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Leicester Universities Face Strike Action

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Leicester's two universities could face strike action as union members are balloted a second time on a walk out over pay and conditions.

More than 1,000 people from the University and College Union (UCU) at the University of Leicester and De Montfort University are voting on the proposal.

Any industrial action would be part of a national wages row that impacts 143 UK institutions, as negotiations have not moved on from the two percent offer made during talks last year.

A spokesperson for the University of Leicester said the announcement was disappointing given it had paid the two percent offer to all its staff in August 2018.

They added: "We continue to work collaboratively and closely with the local UCU branch on all matters relating to the University."

"We are making significant efforts to mitigate the impact of any industrial action and ensure all our students are fully supported with their studies."

"We remain hopeful that industrial action can be avoided."

UCU said the offer failed to address the falling value of higher education salaries, gender inequality and precarious contracts in the sector.

The ballot will be open until February 22.