Universities should apologise if staff strike – Union boss

A union leader in the United Kingdom has said university bosses should apologise for any further disruption to students returning to campuses rather than staff who are due to vote on strike action, writes Sally Weale for The Guardian.

Jo Grady, the general secretary of the University and College Union (UCU), called on students to support lecturers and other university staff, who could take industrial action before Christmas and further disrupt learning as campuses try to recover from the effects of the COVID pandemic. The potential strike threat is the latest chapter of a bitter and long-running dispute over pensions, pay and working conditions, including workforce casualisation.

Formal notice of dispute letters was sent to university employers on Wednesday 22 September, with strike ballots due to open in 152 universities on 18 October, in the latest chapter of the long-running dispute.
Full report on The Guardian site