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University Workers to Strike Over Pay and Pensions

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Members of the University and College Union (UCU) are to strike for eight days in disputes over pay and pensions.

Members will walk out between 25 November and 4 December, with the industrial action affecting 60 universities across the UK.

In addition to the strikes, union members will take further industrial action, such as only working their contracted hours, not covering for absent colleagues and refusing to reschedule lectures lost to the walkout.

In ballots held last week, 79% of the 53% of UCU members who voted backed industrial action over changes to pensions.

Meanwhile, on pay, equality, casualisation and workloads, 74% of the 49% of members who voted, backed strike action.

UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: "The first wave of strikes will hit universities later this month unless the employers start talking to us seriously about how they are going to deal with rising pension costs and declining pay and conditions."

"Any general election candidate would be over the moon with a result along the lines of what we achieved last week."

"Universities can be in no doubt about the strength of feeling on these issues and we will be consulting branches whose desire to strike was frustrated by anti-union laws about re-balloting."

The group Universities UK is hopefully the action will not go ahead, but said plans are in place to ensure disruption to students is minimal.