Strikes at 60 universities to go ahead

Thousands of university staff in the United Kingdom are preparing to stage an eight-day strike in disputes over pay, conditions and pensions, with further industrial action being threatened if agreements cannot be reached, reports The Scotsman.

Up to 43,000 members of the University and College Union (UCU) at 60 UK universities will walk out from Monday, disrupting lectures in the run up to the Christmas break. Picket lines will be mounted across the country, protests will be held and other forms of industrial action will be launched including not covering for absent colleagues and refusing to reschedule lectures lost to strike action.

UCU General Secretary Jo Grady warned that a second wave of strikes could be held in the new year if the deadlocked disputes remain unresolved. Staff had reached “breaking point” over a number of issues, including workloads, real-term cuts in pay, a 15% gender pay gap and changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme, which the union says will leave members paying in more and receiving less in retirement.
Full report on The Scotsman site